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‘Juggalo Killers’ a new breed of gang


This juggalo gang  is starting to become more  and more sinister with racist juggalo gang members now connected to the Aryan Brothers Liberation and the United Nazi Juggalo Front connected to the KKK …

OGDEN — Since the alignment of certain Juggalo members with the Aryan Brothers Liberation, more violent crimes have occurred in the Ogden area, says Police Lt. Scott Conley.

Conley said certain members of the Juggalos — a group of followers of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse — have aligned themselves with the ABL, an extremely violent prison gang that originated in California.

Those Juggalos have taken a new moniker, calling themselves Juggalo Killers, and are sending threats to other Juggalos who haven’t aligned with the gang.

“Those involved in the criminal side of (Juggalos) cause us some concern,” said Conley, who heads the Ogden police gang unit.

“If they are not involved in criminal activity, they can do their own thing, as long as they haven’t crossed that criminal element line.

But when they start telling individuals they can’t wear Juggalo attire, start removing it, committing robbery from a person — I have a problem with that.”

Conley said a 19-year-old woman who identifies herself as a Juggalette was attacked last week by members of the Juggalo Killers.

He said the girl was riding her bicycle north on Washington Boulevard when two men in a black Honda stopped and attacked her, knocking her unconscious. She awoke in the 300 block of 10th Street, without her bike, and with cut marks on her wrist and the letters “JK” carved into her chest.

The two Juggalo Killers also took her cell phone, Conley said, and sent text messages to her contact list to brag about the kidnapping and scold other Juggalos for leaving her on the streets by herself.

Incidents like this are occurring more often, Conley said, which has led police to classify the music fans, who are often characterized as wearing face paint and images associated with ICP, such as the hatchet man and evil clowns, as a gang.

It is unknown how many Juggalos are in the Ogden area.

“The attraction to that music, or those people following that music, I have no problem with,” Conley said.

“When they start breeding disruption in the community, showing up in libraries to harm people with butcher knives up their sleeves, I have a problem. I have to get involved with the community.”

Many Juggalos protest the depiction that they are gang members; they say they are just music-lovers.

And with a public image of a face-painted clown drinking Faygo, a soda, it is difficult for many community members to believe Juggalos are capable of violent gang activity.

“It’s hard for people to take them seriously, dressed as clowns,” Conley said.

He takes issue with a Standard-Examiner editorial in September that said the Juggalo group is a non-gang. Conley said he feels the editorial board did not have enough knowledge to determine whether the members are a gang, which has created issues for law enforcement.

“Two people told officers that, ‘Even the Standard-Examiner says we’re not a gang,’ ” he said. ” ‘Why do you have a gang file on (Juggalos)?’ ”

Conley said the gang classification has been set for the group because of the criminal element that continues to present itself in the area.

“They are trying to represent, just like any other entity represents, their following,” he said.

“Now that they are being involved in criminal activity, they are being categorized as a gang. Any association can get together — hobbyist or people with similar interests — but when they cross that line of criminal element or cause disruption in the community, that’s where we are going to become involved.”


Juggalos / Insane clown posse – Possible gang affiliation casts new police light on these clowns


OGDEN — Juggalos are the fastest-growing gang in Ogden, police officials say. But are all those with painted faces and an appreciation for Insane Clown Posse considered gang members?

Hundreds of area law enforcement officials met Wednesday at the Ogden Megaplex Theater to learn the ins and outs of the Juggalo lifestyle during the Northern Utah Gang and Youth Violence Conference.

“It’s a major concern,” said Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley. “We have individuals (dressed like Juggalos) congregating and people asking about them.”

A Juggalo is defined as an individual who is a fan of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, who started calling their fans Juggalos after performing a song titled “The Jugglas.”

Followers often wear distinct face makeup and certain symbols, such as the hatchet man, the logo of Psychopathic Records, the record label of ICP.

The keynote speaker for Wednesday’s presentation works with law enforcement and Juggalos in Texas. He asked not to be identified because he wasn’t approved to talk to the media and he didn’t want his investigations to be compromised.

He painted a picture of Juggalos as people who often feel alienated or left out of their communities.

“It’s really a fun, interesting subculture,” he said. “It’s designed around reaching to those who feel like they don’t belong.”

The speaker said group members identify themselves as a family.

The music from ICP and Psychopathic Records often has extremely violent undertones.

“What we have here is a genre that has blended old school rap with horror movies,” the speaker said, referring to the genre as “horror core.”

While being a fan of ICP, or even dressing as a Juggalo, does not automatically make a person part of a gang, many of the Juggalos have committed crimes — as simple as graffiti and as serious as murder — in groups.

“Just because you’re a Juggalo doesn’t mean you are a gangster,” the speaker said. “There just happen to be Juggalo gangsters.”

Conley said police have seen an increased presence of Juggalos in the Ogden community, which prompted the decision to make Juggalos a gang conference topic.

“We have had incidents with threats with a weapon. We’ve stopped them when they’ve had weapons,” he said. “We’re concerned about activities.”

Conley said police also have seen an increase in violent activities and crime from the Juggalos in the area.

Who are Juggalos?

Juggalos and Juggalettes (female Juggalos) are fans of Insane Clown Posse, the hip-hop duo of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope who perform a style of hardcore hip-hop that often has extreme violent undertones.

Juggalos often wear face paint, wear images associated with ICP, such as the hatchet man and evil clowns, and are fans of the soft drink Faygo.

While not all Juggalos are gang members, some do commit violent acts in groups, which qualifies them as a gang.

Source: Northern Utah Gang and Youth Violence Conference