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Federal law enforcement plans to ban fight back against biker gangs by banning them from wearing group logo patches on their jackets. Claiming that “the logo itself furthers a criminal enterprise,” prosecutors say that groups like the Mongols Nation should have the rights to their group’s logo seized by the federal government.
Police claim that if biker gangs could be stripped of their logos, this would in turn diminish their power.
Prosecutors say that this plan essentially seeks to claim rights to their logos. Without the logos, the government believes that their power will somehow wane.
A source told Fox News that “It not just stripping them of their identity, or robbing them of a recruiting tool, it’s taking the star off their helmet. The logo itself furthers a criminal enterprise.”
Donald Charles Davis, the author of the book Aging Rebel: Dispatches From The Motorcycle Outlaw Frontier, claims that this is being seen as “just a first step to what the government wants to do to all motorcycle clubs. They want to outlaw motorcycle clubs by taking their insignia away from them.”
To complicate this bizarre approach, the Mongols Nation badge was actually registered as a trademark in 2005, by the group itself. But it was prohibited in 2008 when the ATF arrested more than 100 members of the group.
The ban then was later lifted. But the government is still apparently planning on claiming rights to the logo and others once legal precedence is set with the Mongols.
The case is due to be heard in a Los Angeles court on June 2nd. We will keep you updated on the case and the implications it has for the rest of us who are not in biker gangs, who the government may nevertheless oppose.
(Article by M. David and Jackson Marciana)
The juggalo gang has been reported 97 times in 88 different locations and correctional facilities across North America. These locations are listed below and shown on the map.
California State Prison, Corcoran (facility/institution)
AKRON, OH (Region | 44308)
ALABASTER, AL (Region | 35007)
ALAMOGORDO, NM (Region | 88310)
ALAMOSA, CO (Region | 81101)
AMARILLO, TX (Region | 79101)
ATASCADERO, CA (Region | 93422)
BANDERA, TX (Region | 78003)
BEARDSTOWN, IL (Region | 62618)
BEDFORD, VA (Region | 24523)
BLUE SPRINGS, MO (Region | 64015)
Boone, AR (Region | 72601)
Calhoun County Jail (facility/institution)
CLARKSVILLE, AR (Region | 72830)
COFFEE, AL (Region | 36351)
CROSSVILLE, TN (Region | 38555)
DE FUNIAK SPRINGS, FL (Region | 32433)
DEVINE, TX (Region | 78016)
DULUTH, MN (Region | 55802)
EASLEY, SC (Region | 29641)
EMMETT, ID (Region | 83617)
FARMINGTON, NM (Region | 87401)
Ferndale, WA (Region | 98248)
Florence, NJ (Region | 8518)
FRANKLIN, KS (Region | 66067)
GASTONIA, NC (Region | 28053)
GRANTS PASS, OR (Region | 97526)
GREENWOOD, SC (Region | 29646)
HANCOCK, IN (Region | 46140)
HARFORD, MD (Region | 21014)
HELLERTOWN, PA (Region | 18055)
HOBBS, NM (Region | 88240)
HOPEWELL, VA (Region | 23860)
HOPKINSVILLE, KY (Region | 42240)
HURRICANE, UT (Region | 84737)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Region | 46204)
JAMESTOWN, NY (Region | 14701)
JEFFERSON, CO (Region | 80401)
KINGSBURG, CA (Region | 93631)
Kittery, ME (Region | 3904)
LAKE, FL (Region | 32778)
LAMAR, CO (Region | 81052)
LEOMINSTER, MA (Region | 1453)
MARION, IL (Region | 62959)
Marlton, NJ (Region | 8053)
Millsboro, DE (Region | 19966)
Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater (facility/institution)
Moberly Correctional Center (facility/institution)
NASHVILLE, TN (Region | 37201)
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX (Region | 78130)
NEW LONDON, WI (Region | 54961)
NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Region | 14302)
Noble Correctional Institution (facility/institution)
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT (Region | 84054)
NORTHGLENN, CO (Region | 80233)
OCEANA, WV (Region | 24870)
Onondaga County Jail (facility/institution)
Ouachita, AR (Region | 71711)
PICO RIVERA, CA (Region | 91754)
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, PA (Region | 18640)
PORTLAND, OR (Region | 97204)
PORTSMOUTH, OH (Region | 45662)
RANDOLPH, NC (Region | 27205)
REDDING, CA (Region | 96001)
ROCHESTER, NY (Region | 14614)
ROCKPORT, TX (Region | 78382)
SALINA, KS (Region | 67401)
SALISBURY, MD (Region | 21801)
SALISBURY, NC (Region | 28145)
SAN MARCOS, TX (Region | 78666)
SANTA ROSA, FL (Region | 32572)
SHEBOYGAN, WI (Region | 53081)
SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Region | 85635)
SLIDELL, LA (Region | 70458)
SOUTHAVEN, MS (Region | 38671)
SP: HUNTINGDON COUNTY, PA (Region | 16652)
ST. LOUIS, MO (Region | 63103)
STAPLES, MN (Region | 56479)
STEUBEN, NY (Region | 14810)
STREATOR, IL (Region | 61364)
SUSANVILLE, CA (Region | 96130)
THOMSON, IL (Region | 61285)
TULSA, OK (Region | 74103)
WENATCHEE, WA (Region | 98807)
WILLITS, CA (Region | 95490)
WINTERVILLE, GA (Region | 30683)
WYOMING, MI (Region | 49509)
YORBA LINDA, CA (Region | 92821)
Detroit — Joey “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler, co-founder of infamous Detroit rap duo Insane Clown Posse, is dodging attempts by the Internal Revenue Service to collect taxes, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked a federal judge to force Utsler to produce financial records after ignoring or delaying attempts to determine how much he owes for 2011 and 2012, according to federal court records. The IRS says Utsler and fellow Insane Clown Posse rapper Joe “Violent J” Bruce owe a combined $379,783 in delinquent federal income taxes, records show.
The dispute is the latest federal entanglement for Utsler, and along with court records offers a peek inside the finances of a controversial group whose fans have been branded a gang by the FBI. The FBI labeled the group’s fans, known as Juggalos, a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in a 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment report.
“This could lead to incarceration, no doubt about it, if he doesn’t come through with the information,” said Farmington Hills tax lawyer and former IRS agent Jerry Abraham, who is not involved in the case.
The petition comes one week before Insane Clown Posse holds its annual Gathering of the Juggalos fan fest near Columbus, Ohio.
“The timing is interesting,” Abraham said. “The IRS right now has very precious and little resources and they want a little to go a long way. Clearly, they’re trying to get some publicity.”
An Insane Clown Posse spokesman declined comment Wednesday because he had not seen the court filing. Utsler, 40, of Davisburg also could not be reached Wednesday.
This isn’t the first time the IRS has targeted Utsler.
The IRS accused Utsler of owing $162,417 in delinquent taxes on April 21, 2014, according to the Oakland County Register of Deeds.
The same day, the IRS slapped a $217,366 tax lien on Bruce, 43, of Farmington Hills, according to Oakland County records.
Both rappers allegedly owe delinquent federal income taxes from 2011 and 2012, according to copies of the tax liens obtained by The News.
The latest IRS dispute dates to early March 2015. That’s when an IRS revenue officer sent a summons to Utsler. He was directed to bring his financial records to her office on March 31 so the IRS could investigate his tax liability for the years 2011 and 2012.
He never showed up, according to court records.
The IRS gave him one last chance. Again, Utsler never showed up for the May 19 meeting, according to court records.
The next day, his lawyer Marvin Karana asked for a one-week extension. The IRS agreed, but Utsler failed to comply with the May 27 deadline, according to the petition.
In June, his lawyer asked for another extension. The IRS refused.
“I no longer represent Mr. Utsler,” Karana told The News on Wednesday. “I don’t want to comment. It’s pretty much confidential information.”
The tax spat surfaced one month after an appeals court in Cincinnati heard arguments over the FBI gang designation. The case went to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a Detroit federal judge said the U.S. Justice Department isn’t responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says the free speech and due process rights of Insane Clown Posse and its fans are being violated.
And suddenly in the escalator in the mall lol… Have you seen the hidden camera unheard of? Runs to watch in its entirety and start the week giving laugh
The FBI has as much right to express their opinion, based on observable behavior,. of any Group that draws the attention of Law Enforcement while dressed in the Colors/costume of their Group. Motorcycle Clubs go through much worse because thay are all categorized in negative terms unless and until their law Enforcement comes to know that a particular Club is or is not worthy of LEO Scrutiny.
This Group has one characteristic that would give pause to law enforcement most anywhere, and that is their Costume is a Functional Disguise of the Person. With Tattoos and Body Paint which makes Identification Difficult, at best, and mostly impossible at at any distance. If the Members of any of the associated Groups are committing Crimes under Club Costume/Colors, they have no one to blame but them selves for the developing negative opinion of Law Enforcement who , for good Reason pay particular attention to self Identified Gangs, Cartels, Clubs etc. That is one of LEO’s specific duties.
The Mafia were not Choir Boys, the Crips & Bloods are not Social Clubs, and the Hell Angels, Free Souls, Bandiditos etc… are not akin to the Shrine Temple Motorcycle Clubs.
IMHO this group has filed a nuisance law suit against the FBI for doing it’s job. Part of which is Vetting Recruits for Military Service, Sometimes the choices we make in life have unplanned consequences.
Several U.S. Army recruits, who also happen to be fans of the rap group Insane Clown Posse, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigations over the classification of the “Juggalo” fan base as a “hybrid gang.”
Sgt. Robert Hellin, who has multiple Juggalo tattoos, claims that his musical taste “places him in imminent danger of suffering discipline or discharge from the military.”
Another plaintiff, Scott Gandy, claims that he was unable to join the Army because of his love of Insane Clown Posse.
ICP rappers Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler are also plaintiffs in this case, which is being backed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
The issue at hand is whether an FBI report from 2011, “National Gang Threat Assessment: Emerging Trends,” unfairly characterizes Juggalos as criminals.
“The Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are rapidly expanding into many U.S. communities. Although only recognized as a gang in four states, many Juggalo subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in criminal activity and violence,” the FBI report said.
When the rap duo first filed the lawsuit, they issued a statement condemning the FBI’s characterization of their fan base.
“There has never been—and never will be—a music fan base quite like the Juggalos,” the statement read. “While it is easy to fear what one does not understand, discrimination and bigotry against any group of people is plain wrong and un-American.”
“The Juggalos are fighting for the basic American right to freely express who they are, to gather and share their appreciation of music, and to discuss issues that are important to them without fear of being targeted and harassed by police,” ACLU Michigan attorney Michael J. Steinberg said in a statement of his own.
Juggalo supporters argue that the group itself is merely a music appreciation group, not a gang engaged in criminal activity.
“There is no data to support a broad-ranging finding that this group is engaged in criminal activity, because they’re not. Their primary purpose is to be music fans, and the vast majority are law-abiding people,” Saura Sahu, a lawyer defending the plaintiffs, said.
She also characterized Army rules about Juggalo recruits “erroneous blacklisting.”
The FBI, however, argued that they never characterized all Juggalos as gang members.
“FBI nowhere stated that all Juggalos are criminals, or all Juggalos are gang members,” Justice Department lawyer Lindsay Powell said in court.
MUNCIE — Don’t blame a couple of Muncie police officers if they are on the lookout for a pair of musicians dressed as “wicked clowns.”
A Marion man arrested early Friday after causing a disturbance at a southside Muncie home warned two officers he was a “Juggalo” — a name given to fans of Insane Clown Posse, a Detroit-based hip hop duo.
Joshua Michael Fosnough, 34, also told the officers “his boys” — Insane Clown Posse — were going to kill them, an affidavit said.
Fosnough — preliminarily charged with intimidation, public intoxication, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct — was being held in the Delaware County jail under $7,500 bond.
He was arrested about 12:30 a.m. after police received a report of a disturbance in the 100 block of East Ninth Street. They reported finding a man — later identified as Fosnough — “being very loud (and) cursing,” according to an affidavit.
According to court records, Fosnough’s criminal history includes convictions for intimidation, domestic battery, residential entry, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.
Any Juggalos planning to gather for their heroes, Insane Clown Posse … should put those plans on ice because Shaggy 2 Dope’s lingering DUI probation just sandbagged the band’s tour.
ICP’s rep confirms they had to cancel the remaining dates of their “Marvelous Missing Link In-Store Insanity Tour” due to Shaggy’s probation constraints following his 2012 DUI arrest.
The rep tells us S2D was late filling out necessary travel requests with his probation officer, and was told going on tour could trigger a violation.
Don’t worry though, Shaggy’s been given the all clear to appear at the annual “Gathering of the Juggalos” festival in July.
Clowns will be clowns.