It seems that a few states in the union consider juggalos to be "gang members".
The article about it is here: http://www.noisecreep.com/2009/09/21/insane-clown-posse-fans-get-gang-classification/
"Last Monday, Anthony Locascio, 21, was lured to the woods by four acquaintances and struck with metal baseball bats 60 to 80 times, allegedly for ratting on a friend. Jeffrey A. Gombert, 19 and Curtis T. Foose, 25 of Hazleton; Andrew A. Tutko, 19 of McAdoo and Shane D. Roof, 20, formerly of Palmerton, were all charged with homicide, conspiracy, and aggravated assault. Locascio, Gombert and Foose refer to Insane Clown Posse on their MySpace pages, while the paper cites a source close to the investigation as saying that all five involved were Juggalos.
Monroe County detective Emmanuel Varkanis has been tracking Juggalos for about two years now. He and other authorities say they've identified 1,000 Insane Clown Posse fans in the county. He says they are mostly white, range in age from 10 to 35, and speak their own language. Earlier this year, two ICP fans from Monroe allegedly lured Stroudsburg man Michael S. Goucher, 21, into the woods where they stabbed him 45-50 times with knives and metal cleavers. Both men arrested in the murder, Ian Seagraves, 17 and Sean Freemore, 18, were Insane Clown Posse fans, and Seagraves has a tattoo of the band's mascot."
First off, go to any ICP concert, or if you're less sociable, go to any juggalo's Myspace or Facebook page. Would you consider a majority of them gang member types? I think not.
Secondly, they speak their own language? I believe the language they speak is one that has been around for many years: idiotic gibberish. The language is spoken by juggalos, people with down syndrome, and members of the Republican party.
Also, detectives are wasting their time "tracking" juggalos? Juggalos aren't a group of people that deserve the privilege of the public's fear. Just because a few people who happen to listen to ICP go off and kill someone doesn't mean that juggalos should be feared. Or considered a "gang". Those detectives need to focus on something more important, like cracking down on little kids that steal candy from gas stations.
I think actual gangs would find it insulting to be compared to juggalos. Look at this video for instance:
All tough talk, and no follow through. If gang members are in an argument, wouldn't they land at least ten punches? The video is called "Juggalos Own Hater". Oh, how you can smell the denial.
Of course, stories like this add onto ICP's overall marketability (controversy creates cash, after all), so in the end, it's a win for them.
But it makes Pennsylvania, Arizona and Utah look completely retarded.