Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey compared Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to Russian President Vladimir Putin after reports that a former COVID data scientist’s home was raided by state police.
“This is the stuff of Moscow and Putin. Police with DRAWN GUNS raiding the home of a scientist whistleblower?” McCaffrey wrote in a tweet. “A mother and her children intimidated with uniformed armed officers? Governor DeSantis is a danger to the people of Florida. SHAMEFUL THUGGERY.”
Yahoo Entertainment reported on Thursday:
Rebekah Jones, the COVID-19 data scientist whose home was raided Monday by Florida state police, appeared on Wednesday’s Erin Burnett OutFront and claimed that the police released her personal information online in retaliation for a video she posted of the raid. In the video she posted, Jones can be heard yelling about the officers pointing guns at her young children.
“I only turned the camera on in case something with the arrest didn’t go right. I never expected they’d storm into my house or point guns at my children,” Jones said. “Since then the police have released my home address and my private phone number online, which just feels like further retaliation for releasing the video in the first place.”
That’s not the only form of retaliation Jones is alleging. A plea deal in a misdemeanor case Jones is involved in was rescinded the day after the raid, and Jones believes that was the doing of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Jones claimed in a whistleblower complaint earlier this year that she was fired from the Florida Department of Health after refusing to manipulate COVID data in a manner more favorable to DeSantis as he pushed to reopen the state.
According to Yahoo, “Jones is accused of illegally tapping into a DOH emergency messaging system and sending a message to employees about speaking up about COVID numbers in Florida.”