A Juggalo: Fans & Gang Members

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Updated: 4/07/2010 1:27 pm Published: 4/06/2010 6:19 pm

If they wear the colors, listen to the music even commit petty crimes are they really a gang member?

That’s what the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Associations wants to teach local law enforcement, educators, child welfare workers and others who work with juveniles involved in gang activity.

This year the Gangs 101 conference will also focus on the Insane Clown Posse and its followers known as “Juggalo’s” or any group’s followers managed by Psychopathic Records.

The group is a growing concern among the community who say Juggalo’s are violent gang members.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford explains the difference between criminal Juggalo and fans of the band’s music.

Juggalo’s and Juggalette’s (female version of a Juggalo) are fans of the Insane Clown Posse or ICP. The band wears make-up and sings about violent acts.

"Juggalo family is for people that don't belong. It just fits. It's part of life it's how you live,” says Tulsa Juggalo Jesse Brown.

However, just because they paint their faces, tattoo their necks and arms and listen to music that talks about rape and murder, Tulsa Juggalo’s such as “Hangman” say that doesn’t make them a certified gang member.

"There's never been any occurrence where someone has been jumped into being a Juggalo. You don't have to kill someone or beat up a bunch of people. We are not like that," says “Hangman.”

His wife says she was raised in a Christian church and says ICP has the same Christian values she believes in.

"Juggalo’s are not gang members," says Stephanie Ward. “We are all just like everyone else."

Richard Harris with the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau says Juggalo’s like “Hangman” and his friends are just fans who don’t pose a threat to the community.

"If their interest stops there and if that's what they get together to pursue their interest in the band, we consider them 'fan' Juggalo’s,” says Harris.

However, Harris says there are dangerous Juggalo’s.

"We have certified, criminal, Juggalo gang members in Tulsa,” says Harris.       

It’s the criminals who claim the Juggalo name while committing a crime.

“It's through behavior that we differentiate our motorcycle clubs and gangs much in the same way in the Juggalo fans and Jjuggalo gangs,” says Harris.

Law abiding Juggalo’s say some in the younger generation are giving them a bad rap.

"The younger kids that are coming into it and they think they have to one up everyone else and they have to be top dog and they have to show how down they really are. It's not like that. It's a place to belong and we try to take care of each other,” says “Hangman.

The Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association is teaming up with the Tulsa Police Gang and Homicide Units, the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau and the NSU Crime and Justice Institute for Gangs 101.

It’s a comprehensive course on street gangs in the Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma areas.

The conference is being held at the NSU Broken Arrow campus on Friday April 23rd.

To learn more about attending the conference and the Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association click on the link attached to this story. 

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DownForLifeYo - 9/8/2013 11:25 PM
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I'm proud to say I'm a juggalette, I think this is retarded because stupid people wanna go out and do stupid stuff that gives Los and Lettes a bad name. They apparently do this to show their loyalty but if they were actually down they wouldn't want to do that because they know it will give us a bad name. We're not a gang we are simply a family. We won't mess with you if you don't mess with our homies simple as that. But does that really make us a "Gang" because we have our family's back? Once again we are not a gang we are human beings just like you, we finally found a place where we belong. We found a life style that fits us. I'm down with the clown because they were there when nobody else could be found. Whoop whoop love you fam

juggalette1217 - 2/19/2013 4:57 PM
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Juggalos and Juggalettes this is bull we are NOT gang members we are a family. Whoever started this crap is full of shit!!!! Does any body agree?!?

BSmith248370 - 1/13/2013 6:39 PM
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Juggalos are definitely NOT a gang. I personally did time in State Prison for "Assisting A Criminal Syndicate/Lead Gang" because I was labeled as a Juggalo Gang Member, and it's a crock of s***. Just because some people go out, commit crimes, say they're doing it as a Juggalo, we are all a gang? That's BS. That's like saying you're a gang member just because you're white, thanks to the Aryan Brotherhood. No, JUGGALOS are NOT a gang. We are a family. We look out for and take care of our own, we protect each other, we stand together, we help each other out, and we do our best to help the younger ones who are in rough situations, to make sure they have everything they need. We are one, big, tight-knit family. In time, the general public will see what we are really about, instead of seeing only what Law Enforcement wants them to see. In time, Juggalos will be looked upon as we should be: A FAMILY.

offended - 10/8/2012 10:30 AM
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My Son was a Juggalo and I am here to tell you he was not in a gang! My Son would not hurt anyone or even think of hurting anyone... But I will tell you when he got arrested for a traffic violation one time and taken to jail they saw his tattoo of the Hatchet Man and he was pushed and poked and slammed against a wall he was treated like a piece of crap... My Son was a very anti-violent/peaceful person... He was picked on punched etc and he never fought back he did not believe in violence... My Son passed away at the age of 23 and it still brings tears to my eyes to remember the way Law Enforcement treated him while at jail... A bad apple in the barrel does not make all Juggalo's bad... No more than one bad apple in the barrel makes all humans bad... And to Law Enforcement that abused my Son... the same applies... One bad apple...

CountryLette - 9/26/2012 3:22 PM
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Im a juggalette and we are not like everyone is saying. I am in college, great life, well educated and support my family. I am not out there breaking laws. We are not a gang, we are a family. Yes there are some people out there that do stuff, that does give us a bad name. That is all you hear about though, are the ones that get into trouble. You never hear about the good ones.

Lette4life - 8/13/2012 11:30 PM
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Real juggalos/lettes don't do the things you accuse us of doing. Real juggalos are a close family that takes care of each other. The people that commit these crimes are not true juggalos. Us juggalos have never caused a problem until recently and they are these kids that don't know what being a real juggalos is all about. We are kids that never fit in until we found our way into the juggalo family. Don't look down upon us because a bunch of kids want to be stupid and give us a bad name. No matter what I will always defend my family!!!! Much clown love everyone!!!

JuggaloHomIe12 - 1/8/2012 3:01 PM
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My problem with stuck up snobs is they think there better thn Every one n thts y we are the way we r n a person can put on a jersey n go kill some one n so there all sports teams are gangs too yeah thts y we gunna rock at the ballroom in okc so ha n also in ufalla mmfwcl luv ya fam

JUGGALO CRAZY - 1/3/2012 7:58 AM
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how can you judge juggalos but you cant judge gays. if you cant judge them dont judge juggalos we arent a gang. where i live some people try to make us a gang but they arent anything to us but wanna bees. we are a family. WHOOP WHOOP! love the fam!

az juggalo - 11/23/2011 2:20 AM
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though this was america land of the free freedom of speech you all cant judge us juggalos for puting paint on and listening to music its our right or has america turned to judging people no one has the right to judge juggalos but 1 person god so go ahead judge us all you want at the end when your standing in front of god how you gonna explain to him why you judged so many peace whoop whoop family

az juggalo - 11/23/2011 2:19 AM
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though this was america land of the free freedom of speech you all cant judge us juggalos for puting paint on and listening to music its our right or has america turned to judging people no one has the right to judge juggalos but 1 person god so go ahead judge us all you want at the end when your standing in front of god how you gonna explain to him why you judged so many peace whoop whoop family
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