Baltimore Police Start Dirt Bike Tip Line

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The Baltimore Police Department has long struggled with how to handle the city’s thriving dirt bike subculture.

As the documentary Twelve O’Clock Boys depicts, for some young people in the city, dirt bikes serve as a uniting force for young people without a lot of hope in their lives; on the other hand, the bikes are also dangerous to their riders–and to everyone else. It’s a culture that is, in the words of filmmaker Lotfy Nathan, “simultaneously wholesome and meaningful, but also reckless and destructive.”

The police department has had a difficult time figuring out how to crack down on illegal dirt bikers, particularly since chasing them is illegal. Commissioner Kevin Davis recently announced a task force to combat dirt bike groups, claiming that they have links to more sinister crimes, such as running guns and drugs. And now the department has announced a new tip line aimed specifically at dirt bikers.

The department has also started publishing a list of dirt bike violators, complete with bikers’ nicknames and photos of them doing wheelies. If the point is to publicly shame these people, they’re going to have to find some photos that look less badass.

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  1. Has Freddie Gray’s case taught the police nothing? Police need to be hands off with public nuisance crimes – even gun running and drug dealing. At $6.5M per slain delinquent, Baltimore cannot afford the possibility of one more hurt or maimed “young person” as the writer charitably calls them.

    • In what world is “gun running and drug dealing” considered public nuisance crimes”? It must be the same world where any police action equals a “person who died under questionable circumstances according to the medical examiner’. Is this what you truly believe?
      Your sarcasm aside, it is hoped that acquiring more information concerning the current dirt bike situation may generate a more helpful comment.

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