佛罗里达警察突袭前州Covid数据科学家的住所

佛罗里达警方周一突袭了一名前州冠状病毒数据科学家的住所, escalating a feud between the state government and a data expert who has accused officials of trying to cover up the extent of the pandemic.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement executed a search warrant Monday morning at the home of data scientist Rebekah Jones, who was fired by the state Department of Health in May. The agency is investigating whether Jones accessed a state government messaging system without authorization to urge employees to speak out about coronavirus deaths, according to an affidavit by an agent working on the case.
Jones told CNN that she hadn’t improperly accessed any state messaging system and that she lost access to her government computer accounts after she was removed from her position.
关于 10 officers with guns drawn showed up to her Tallahassee home around 8:30 上午, 琼斯说. A video taken from a camera in her house, which she 已发布 在社交媒体上, showed an officer pointing a gun up a stairwell as Jones told him her two children were upstairs. Jones said that the officer was pointing his gun at her 2-year-old daughter, 11-year-old son and her husband, who she said were in the stairwell, although the video doesn’t make that clear.
    Rebekah Jones posted video of state law officers raiding her home to her Twitter account.

    Officers alsopointed a gun six inches from my faceand took all of her computers, her phone and several hard drives and thumb drives, 琼斯说.
    Gretl Plessinger, a spokesperson for the law enforcement department, said that agents knocked on Jonesdoor and called herin an attempt to minimize disruption to the family.Jones refused to come to the door for 20 minutes and hung up on the agents, and Jonesfamily was upstairs when agents did enter the house, Plessinger said. She didn’t respond to questions about why the officers drew guns.
    According to the affidavit by an investigator with the department, an unauthorized individual illegally accessed a state government emergency management system to send a group text message to government officials last month urging them to speak out about the coronavirus crisis.
    It’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead,” the message said, 根据誓章. “You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.
    Officials traced the message, which was sent on the afternoon of November 10 to about 1,750 recipients, to an IP address connected to Jones’ 屋, the investigator wrote in the affidavit.
    Jones told CNN she didn’t know what the state’s allegation about unauthorized access of a messaging system referred to.
    I have no idea what they’re talking about,” 琼斯说. She said the officers told her that state officials had given them the IP address connected to an alleged cybercrime, and it matched hers.
    CNN obtained the copy of the search warrant, but was unable to reach Jones for further comment about the details contained in the document.
    Among the devices taken by officers were flash drives that Jones told CNN containedproof that (state officials) were lying in January about things like internal reports and notices from the CDC,” 以及 “evidence of illegal activities by the state.She said that she accessed those reports legally and some had been sent to her by other people after she left the state government.
    Jones said she believed the raid on her home was orchestrated by Gov. 罗恩·迪桑蒂斯, who she’s publicly accused of mishandling the pandemic.
    This is what happens when you challenge powerful and corrupt people,” 琼斯说. “If he thinks this is going to scare me into silence, he’s wrong.
    DeSantis spokesperson Fred Piccolo told CNN thatthe governor’s office had no involvement, no knowledge, no nothing, of this investigation.He added that the law enforcement department launched an investigation into the message before anyone knew about Jonesalleged involvement. The health department referred a request for comment to the law enforcement department.
    琼斯, who helped build the state’s online coronavirus data dashboard, was fired in May, in what she argued was retaliation for her refusal to fudge the numbers and minimize the scale of the outbreak. She has publicly alleged that a superior at the department asked her to manipulate the state’s data to make it appear Florida was closer to meeting its reopening targets than it actually was.
    But state officials have defended her dismissal.
    The health department said in May that Jones was removed because she hadexhibited a repeated course of insubordination,” makingunilateral decisions to modify the Department’s COVID-19 dashboard without input or approval from the epidemiological team or her supervisors.
    And DeSantis said at the time that Jonesremoval from her position was anonissue.
    Jones filed a whistleblower complaint against the health department in July, asking to be reinstated to her job with back pay. She also 发射了 her own online dashboard of Florida coronavirus dataa website that ran off one of the computers officers seized Monday, 她说.
      Jones was previously charged with stalking last year after allegedly posting explicit photos of an ex-boyfriend online, a criminal misdemeanor case that is still pending. She told CNN the case involved a blog post she posted in an online group for women who had been in abusive relationships. 星期日, a defense attorney for Jones filed a motion to withdraw from the case because he learnedan immediate family member is involved in an active investigationof Jones, though he did not share any details on that investigation.
      When DeSantis discussed Jonesfiring in May, he referenced the alleged stalking case, 说 “she should have been dismissed long before.

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