FBI analysts concluded in the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment that Juggalos are a "loosely organized hybrid gang." They based the conclusion on police and media reports of crimes committed by people wearing juggalo tattoos and clothing.
The lawsuit, filed in Detroit Wednesday, says "organized crime is by no means part of the Juggalo culture." Instead, they are "a family of people who love and help one another."
The complaint argues the gang designation violates fans' constitutional rights, including free speech, freedom of association and the right to due process. It contends people with "Juggalo" tattoos and clothing have been illegally targeted by police and denied jobs because of the FBI's gang designation.
The US Justice Department has not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.