Rebekah Jones, a former data scientist for Florida’s Department of Health, said in a series of tweets on Monday that Florida state police pointed their guns at her children when they raided her home this week.
“At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech,” Jones wrote. “They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH filed a complaint.”
“They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids,” she continued.
“They took my phone and the computer I use every day to post the case numbers in Florida, and school cases for the entire country,” Jones wrote in another tweet. “They took evidence of corruption at the state level. They claimed it was about a security breach. This was DeSantis. He sent the gestapo.”
Jones has claimed she was fired from the Department of Health after refusing to manipulate the state’s COVID data.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported:
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement served a search warrant at Jones’ Tallahassee home in connection with an investigation that started Nov. 10, Gretl Plessinger, an FDLE spokeswoman, said in a prepared statement.
The Department of Health filed a complaint with FDLE regarding unauthorized access to a DOH messaging alert system used for emergencies, and agents suspect someone at Jones’ home “illegally accessed the system,” Plessinger said.
Video accompanying Jones’ tweets shows police entering her home with their weapons drawn. After Jones says her husband and children are upstairs, an officer can be seen pointing his gun toward the stairwell.
As the video ends, Jones yells, “He just pointed a gun at my children.” The video does not show any children, or agents pointing guns at any children. FDLE said agents didn’t point guns at anyone.
Jones told The Sun Sentinel that she did not hack the government’s system, saying: “I have never had access to that system. I am not a hacker. I do data statistics and analysis.”
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