I can see how they're considered a gang. The fact that they're not known for shooting each other, cooking crank, and pimping out their juggalettes just means they're not a particularly troubling gang. They consider themselves a family which has developed their own idioms, slang and characteristics.
Also, the FBI didn't exactly pin the MS13 tag on them. They're considered a hybrid, quazi-gang, and aren't really considered much of a threat at this point. The FBI considers them something to keep an eye on, more than anything else.
Sorry about the formatting. It's from a PDF of the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Emerging Trends.
the Juggalos, a loosely-organized hybrid gang, are
rapidly expanding into many Us communities. although
recognized as a gang in only four states, many Jug-
galos subsets exhibit gang-like behavior and engage in
criminal activity and violence. law enforcement oficials
in at least 21 states have identiied criminal Juggalo
sub-sets, according to NGiC reporting.
• NGiC reporting indicates that Juggalo gangs are
expanding in New mexico primarily because they
are attracted to the tribal and cultural traditions
of the Native americans residing nearby.
most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic,
disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple
assault, personal drug use and possession, petty
theft, and vandalism. however, open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming
more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-lik
criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robber-
ies, and drug sales.
social networking websites are a
popular conveyance for Juggalo sub-culture to commu
nicate and expand.
• in January 2011, a suspected Juggalo member
shot and wounded a couple in King County,
Washington, according to open source reporting.
Juggalos’ disorganization and lack of structure within
their groups, coupled with their transient nature, makes
it dificult to classify them and identify their members
and migration patterns. many criminal Juggalo sub-
sets are comprised of transient or homeless individuals
according to law enforcement reporting. most Juggalo
criminal groups are not motivated to migrate based
upon traditional needs of a gang. however, law enforce
ment reporting suggests that Juggalo criminal activ-
ity has increased over the past several years and has
expanded to several other states. transient, criminal
Juggalo groups pose a threat to communities due to th
potential for violence, drug use/sales, and their general
destructive and violent nature.
• in January 2010, two suspected Juggalo associ-
ates were charged with beating and robbing an
elderly homeless man.
That's what all the fuss is about.
As for the crips and the bloods being troubled by these guys, not a chance. While made up of morons, collectively they're definitely smart enough to realize what the Juggalos are, which is little more than harmless white-bread wannabes.