Horrorcore rappers Insane Clown Posse announced last week that they're looking into why the Federal Bureau of Investigation has categorized their fans, the Juggalos, as a gang.
The band's front men, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, might want to look at Oregon.
The FBI's 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment lists Juggalos as a "hybrid gang," citing a 2010 attack by two Corvallis teenagers on a homeless man. Corvallis police said the teens were Juggalos, according to the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
It's one of only two crimes the FBI attributes to Juggalo gang activity.
But the feds could have mentioned others. A report last year in the Medford Mail-Tribune said Juggalos and Juggalettes were involved in a series of assaults.
Lt. Brett Johnson of the Medford Police Department said that Juggalos are frequently responsible for beatings, intimidation, and harassment, particularly in and around Hawthorne Park. Johnson said that the May 2011 stabbing of 21-year-old Michael Gregory was Juggalo-related.The Mail-Tribune story also catches a subtlety that the FBI's gang report missed. "Juggalo isn't just a catch-all phrase for homeless or transient youth living in or around Hawthorne Park," Mail-Tribune reporter Mat Wolf wrote, "it's very specifically a group that runs together as a Juggalo family."