Rebekah Jones
Excessive Force

Police Raid Home of COVID-19 Whistleblower

byDan Robitzski
12. 8. 20
Rebekah Jones

Cops pushed into her home and pointed guns at her children.

Police Violence

On Monday, Florida state police raided the home of Rebekah Jones, a data scientist who worked for the Florida Health Department until she was fired earlier this year for what she said amounted to covering up case and fatality numbers to justify reopening the state. Police barged into her home and seized her computer, pulling their guns on her children in the process.

The justification for the raid sounds shockingly flimsy, though there are still unknowns surrounding the case, according to Techdirt. Jones suggests that the raid was meant to be an act of intimidation because she continued to publish information on how COVID-19 was spreading in Florida after refusing to manipulate data for the state.

Punitive Measures

Because the state government wouldn’t let Jones accurately report how Florida was handling the coronavirus, she launched Florida COVID Action, a dashboard that shows confirmed infections, deaths, and other data for the state.

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It’s that dashboard, Jones claims, that got her in trouble. She suggested that Governor Ron DeSantis specifically wanted to silence her and prevent her from doing her work.

 

Mismatched Evidence

The police’s search warrant claims that Jones had accessed an emergency alert system to broadcast an ominous message about 17,000 deaths — a claim she denied to Techdirt. And lots of people had access to the system, suggesting that the raid may have been punitive in nature and used as a justification to target Jones.

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“The number of deaths that the person used wasn’t even right,” Jones said. “They were actually under by about 430 deaths. I would never round down 430 deaths.”

READ MORE: Florida State Police Raid Home Of COVID Whistleblower, Point Guns At Her & Her Family, Seize All Her Computer Equipment [Techdirt]

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