“What Is A Juggalo?”

As some of you may remember, last year for Symbolia‘s “True Crime” issue, I investigated fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse (known as Juggalos). In 2011, the FBI included Juggalos in their National Gang Threat Assessment, classifying them as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” ICP members Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department earlier this year. Their suit, which called the gang classification “unwarranted and unlawful,” included among the plaintiffs four Juggalos who claimed to have been unfairly targeted due to the 2011 report. As of July 2014, Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland has dismissed the case, saying that the government isn’t responsible for the actions of local law enforcement. Because of this recent ruling, Symbolia has posted my comic in full on their website for free! You can read other stories in Symbolia by subscribing.