Clown­ing around in protest of gang la­bel

Times Colonist - - Canada/World -

The Jug­ga­los, fans of the rap-rock group the In­sane Clown Posse, demon­strate on the Na­tional Mall against the FBI for clas­si­fy­ing them as a hy­brid gang, on Satur­day in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. About 1,500 jug­ga­los turned out for the all-day rally and con­cert to protest what they say is class-based dis­crim­i­na­tion. The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment’s Gang Task Force la­belled the jug­ga­los, who favour ex­ten­sive tat­toos and de­tailed face paint, a “loosely or­ga­nized hy­brid gang.” It’s the same clas­si­fi­ca­tion used for overtly vi­o­lent gangs such as the Bloods and the Crips. The rap duo has de­vel­oped a de­voted fan base over the course of a 25-year ca­reer, and its fans claim to be a non-vi­o­lent com­mu­nity.

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