The Corner

The Feds Lack Clown Love

Growing up, I had a few friends who were big fans of the trashy rap/rock duo Insane Clown Posse — “Juggalos,” as the band calls its hardcore devotees. Despite these friends’ evangelism, I never joined them in liking the group’s music. I guess it’s a good thing, because the FBI is now keeping an eye on this menace to society:

The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many US communities. Although recognized as a gang in only four states, many Juggalos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence. Law enforcement officials in at least 21 states have identified criminal Juggalo sub-sets, according to NGiC reporting. . . .

Most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism. However, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales. Social networking websites are a popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to communicate and expand.