We all know Juggalos are lovable white trash miscreants who have banded together due to a shared interest in Insane Clown Posse, passing out, and MST3K‘ing Carly Rae Jepsen music videos. Unfortunately, the FBI isn’t as enlightened, and as we told you last year, they classified Juggalos as a “loosely-organized hybrid gang.” Files were opened, government departments were sued, and what did the FBI learn? Nothing.
Records released to MuckRock user Rich Jones show that the FBI’s Salt Lake City office conducted a 14-month investigation into the horrorcore duo’s fanbase. The file identifies Juggalos and Juggalettes as a “violent street gang” numbering in the thousands, whose members “sometimes paint their faces to look like wicked clowns” and “continue the dress by carrying small axes.”
The goals of the investigation were to “examine the structure, scope, and relationships pertaining to the … violent street gang; to identify members and the organization structure of the gang,” and, perhaps most surprisingly, “to identify all illegal activities which may constitute a pattern of racketeering activity.”
Ultimately, the FBI hoped to “develop larger conspiracy investigations and successful conspiracy prosecutions” of even single robberies using the Hobbs Act, a statute frequently used in corruption cases involving public officials and labor unions. (Via)
The FBI is your grandma peeking out at the world from between the window blinds, afraid of anyone and everyone.
I find them positively charming. Can I keep one? Please please please?