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Insane Clown Posse sues U.S. Justice Department

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Joseph Utsler, also known as Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Joseph Bruce, also known as Violent J, from Insane Clown Posse, in New York. On their FUSE TV weekly show, the Detroit-area rappers critique all things pop culture, claiming to bring an outsiders perspective. A good part of the show has the guys critiquing music videos, much like Beavis and Butthead from a generation ago.

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Joseph Utsler, also known as Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Joseph Bruce, also known as Violent J, from Insane Clown Posse, in New York. On their FUSE TV weekly show, the Detroit-area rappers critique all things pop culture, claiming to bring an outsiders perspective. A good part of the show has the guys critiquing music videos, much like Beavis and Butthead from a generation ago.

DETROIT -- The Insane Clown Posse is suing the U.S. Justice Department over a 2011 FBI report that depicts the rap-metal duo's devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group's two members, Joseph Bruce, or Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, or Shaggy 2 Dope. It also names four fans as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit contends that the description of the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang" in a national report on gangs violated the plaintiffs' rights. The group says its fans are a family, not a gang.

Plaintiff Scott Gandy says he was forced to remove ISP tattoos to apply for the army.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 9, 2014 C1

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