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."