Juggalos deny the label, which the FBI gave them in its 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. The report called the group a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” saying that “most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft and vandalism.”
In 2014, the band and four fans sued the FBI. “Juggalos are a ‘family’ of people who love and help one another, enjoy one another’s company, and bond over the music and a philosophy of life,” the lawsuit stated. “Organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture.”
The hip-hop group formed in Detroit and released their first album Carnival of Carnage in 1992. They have sold nearly 8 million albums as of 2012, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Fans meet annually for the Gathering of the Juggalos. Their 2017 event was held in Oklahoma City.