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Explanation: Homeboys in this context does not mean kids at home, but rather a group of African-American or Chicano young men - probably unemployed, not in school, perhaps involved in criminal activity (drugs) - based on the context: expensive clothes, fighting with cops, an angry anxious crowd - so homeboys is not "niños buenos" or "niños caseros" - I would go with "compas" (compadres/compañeros) in Spain, or "vatos" in California Chicano slang.
From a website on US youth gangs:
HOME BOY Street Gang Fellow gang member
HOMEBOY Street Gang A street-smart and con-wise person with whom one shares a similiar background
HOMEBOY Chicano One of the boys from the neighborhood gang or group; a fellow gang member
HOMES Street Gang Fellow gang member
HOMIE Prison Gang One of the boys from the neighborhood