Insane Clown Posse fans can’t rid gang tag in FBI report

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FILE – This Jan. 8, 2014, file photo shows Joseph Bruce aka Violent J, left, and Joseph Utsler aka Shaggy 2 Dope, members of the Insane Clown Posse after a news conference in Detroit. Stanley Gebhardt, of Ohio, filed a copyright infringement suit Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in federal court in Detroit saying the rap-metal […]

DETROIT (AP) – Fans of rap-metal music group Insane Clown Posse have lost an appeal to have an FBI report scrubbed of language referring to them as a gang.

The group’s fans are known as Juggalos. They’re upset that a 2011 report given to Congress describes Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.” The fans filed a lawsuit in Detroit, blaming the report for harassment by police.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the report carries no direct legal consequences. The court also says the Justice Department isn’t responsible for how other police agencies use information in the annual report.

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing the fans. The organization didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

The fans often have jewelry and tattoos with the group’s symbol, a man running with a hatchet.

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