ICP In Court .. As Plaintiff

Insane Clown Posse’s latest gig? A federal court.

Photo: AP Photo / Carlos Osorio
Insane Clown Posse addresses the media in Detroit Jan. 8. ICP and the ACLU are suing the U.S. Justice Department because it describes the act's Juggalos fans as a dangerous group.

It’s not a performance by the Detroit rap-metal duo, but arguments by lawyers who say Insane Clown Posse’s fans have been unfairly targeted by police. A 2011 FBI report described the fans, known as Juggalos, as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”

An appeals court in Cincinnati heard arguments Thursday, after a Detroit federal judge said the U.S. Justice Department isn’t responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says the free speech and due process rights of Insane Clown Posse and its fans are being violated.

The members of Insane Clown Posse are Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.