Baltimore's '12 O'Clock Boys' Inspire, Intimidate

The urban dirt biker group is the subject of a new film exploring their attraction and motivation.
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the moment you sign . For boys living in a tough neighborhood, staying out of trouble can be a challenge. Joining a biker group called the 12:00 boys may not sound like a solution. After all, they can be rowdy and at times end up on the wrong side of the law. But as ABC Byron Pitts found when he headed back to his own hometown, this controversial crew may also be the best option for many looking for an extended family. Reporter: Inner city Baltimore, my hometown, where in too many neighborhoods drugs and violence are just the facts of life. Meet the street bikers of Baltimore. Weekend warriors on twoou and fr wheelers. On Sundays, they Rome the city as if it's their private playground -- racing, weaving, acrobats with attitude. They call themselves the 12:00 boys. The police and many others view them as a public safety hazard. I believe we lose at least 10 to 15 lives every summer in reference to dirt bikes. Reporter: But for the bikers, riding is often the safest option these treat isis survive. You learn the right way to do all the wrong In Baltimore city. Hustling, shooting, selling drugs. One of the first things you see that you actually want to do is ride a dirt bike. That's one of the first things you see that's positive. Reporter: And that's how 12-year-old taekwon Lloyd sees it. Street riding is his version of the the boy scouts. Being part of the pack is his dream. Why do you want to be a 12:00 boy so badly? Because, like, it's fun. What do you feel? What do you think when you're riding? I feel powerful. I feel like a superhero. I feel like I'm on top of the world. When you get on that bike, you feel powerful. Whatever is going on in their life is all gop. You can escape and ride. The group is named after their trademark maneuver, speeding down the street with their front wheel pointing strait up, 12:00. They're the subject of a controversial new documentary that bears their name, the 12:00 boys. We need to catch up because they're going to go down the road again. Right, I know. The film follows pug for three years from precocious 12-year-old who loves animals to an edgy teenager often hardened by circumstance. Pug's mother coco brown struggles to raise her on her own. You can get locked up for certain things. You need to get yourself together and stop worrying about bikes. But in many ways it's the bikers who are raising him. She can raiseug by herself, but she shouldn't have to. One person trying to raise Like that is a lot. Are these older guys mentors to you? Yeah, they taught me stay in school, do all my work, pass all my classes. They just taught me focus on school, don't worry about bikes all the time. I grew up in Baltimore. When I think about the men who mentored me, they're men in my church. But for someone like pug who needs to rebel, he's working against something. He's seen enough by a certain age that he's got a kind of hard edge. And it's going to be an unconventional way of growing. It has to be through rebellion. The director started following the group as a project as a college student in Baltimore. The 12:00 boys have been called a fearless pack, a gang, menace, troublemakers. What would you call them? They're rebels. I think that they're also mentors. They're also children. It's actually kind of a way of edification for a lot of kids in Baltimore. It's kind of like the boy scouts or something. In the context of what gangs can really be in Baltimore and what violence can really be and what crime can be. Reporter: For a city its size, Baltimore is one of the most violent crime and drug ridden in America. There are 235 murders last year. 29 so far this year. You say that Baltimore isn't safe. What do you mean? You got to be careful there. People get shot, sometimes for no reason. Just being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Have you seen the kind of violence you're describing? In 2007, I think, we was all walking and this boy just came out of the alley with a hoodie on and this other boy, he shot him and he got to the alley and he dropped. I guess he was dead because he wasn't moving. Reporter: What's that do to a young person? Do to you to see things. I started to get used to people just walking around with guns and I never looked at them as a role model. I always looked up to the bikes. Reporter: But there are real dangers here. Bikers have been severely injured. Some have been killed. Baltimore police can do only so much. Officers usually don't chase the bikers for fear of accidents. You don't want to risk the lives of innocent people by chasing them unless they committed a violent act. But at the same time, the act of them riding around doing wheelies at high speed is a

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