Florida Senate Democrats Call Raid Of Rebekah Jones' Home An Attempt To Silence Truth
State elected democrats say the raid on the home of a former Florida Department of Health worker is an attempt to silence the truth. On Monday, FDLE seized her laptop from the home of Rebekah Jones as part of a hacking investigation. The state says someone with Jones’ IP address sent an unauthorized message through DOH’s emergency alert system. Sen. Lori Berman (D-Boynton Beach) used the raid to criticize DeSantis’ pandemic response:
"The news that broke earlier this week of the armed execution of a search warrant on a whistleblower and former state employee dramatically illustrates the length that the governor goes to maintain his grip on public information. And it’s part of a troubling pattern," said Berman.
Jones was fired from the Department of Health in May. She claims it was for refusing to manipulate data relating to COVID-19 deaths. The agency claims Jones was fired over insubordination. The raid triggered Republican Attorney Ron Filipkowski to resign from one of the state’s Judicial Nomination Commissions. In his resignation letter, Filipkowski called DeSantis’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic ‘reckless and irresponsible’.
The FDLE released bodycam footage of the search warrant being executed. In a press release, Commissioner Rick Swearingen said agents afforded Jones quote: “ample time” to respond and that any danger to her family was a result of her actions. Jones refused agents’ phone calls and hung up on them.
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