Arrests Undone: Suspects Freed as Prosecutors Drop Cases Due to Body Camera Videos

By the time Isiah Jones shouted “Twelve! Twelve!” to warn his friends of the sudden police presence on their West Baltimore block, it was too late, according to court records.

A surveillance officer had been watching the 24-year-old and his crew run an alleged cocaine operation out of a vacant house in the violent Tri-District area that March morning, police allege. Jones was arrested on a litany of drug and gun charges, including illegal possession of a rifle.

Jones, who was once accused of trying to shoot a police officer, had previously served time for assault. If found guilty of the new charges, the repeat offender faced a lengthy prison stay.