Fans of ‘In­sane Clown’ rap duo AND Prez swamp Na­tional Mall

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY ELLEN MOYNI­HAN and DE­NIS SLAT­TERY

WASHINGTON — Send in the clowns.

Washington is a cir­cus most days, but on Satur­day, the na­tion’s cap­i­tal had an ex­cep­tion­ally car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere.

Thou­sands of pro­test­ers — in­clud­ing a mas­sive con­tin­gent of fans of the rap duo In­sane Clown Posse and a small group of right-wing con­ser­va­tives — de­scended on D.C. for a di­verse set of demon­stra­tions.

Por­tions of the Na­tional Mall were sec­tioned off for the dif­fer­ent groups.

In front of the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial, a swelling crowd of so-called Jug­ga­los, su­perde­voted In­sane Clown Posse fans, held a rally de­mand­ing the FBI re­scind its clas­si­fi­ca­tion of the group as a “loosely or­ga­nized hy­brid gang.”

Face paint-wear­ing fans lofted signs that read “Jug­galo lives mat­ter” and “Jus­tice for Jug­ga­los” as the scent of mar­i­juana wafted over the crowd.

A 2011 re­port by the Jus­tice Depart­ment’s gang task force com­pared the fa­natic fan base to vi­o­lent gangs like the Bloods and the Crips. The re­port said the fans have com­mit­ted as­saults and van­dal­ism, and a “small num­ber” of them have en­gaged in more se­ri­ous crimes.

Jug­ga­los say they’ve been pro­filed, lost jobs and even the cus­tody of their chil­dren due to the FBI’s la­bel.

“I am not a gang mem­ber. I have never been con­victed of a crime. I do not have a speed­ing ticket or failed a drug test,” said Crys­tal Guer­rero, of Al­bu­querque, N.M. “My chil­dren were taken from me, phys­i­cal cus­tody, be­cause I showed up to one con­cert.”

Guer­rero, 26, told the Daily News that her sons, now 6 and 2, were taken away from her in 2015 af­ter their fa­ther ar­gued that lis­ten­ing to In­sane Clown Posse made her an un­suit­able mother.

The group, which formed in Detroit nearly 25 years ago, per­forms wear­ing clown makeup and is known for its dark lyrics.

“You know in your hearts that we’re the good guys,” Vi­o­lent J,

“Jug­ga­los” mass on Na­tional Mall on Satur­day, de­mand­ing FBI re­scind clas­si­fi­ca­tion of In­sane Clown Posse as “gang.”

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