Data Scientist Rebekah Jones, Facing Arrest, Turns Herself In To Florida Authorities

Former Florida information researcher Rebekah Jones turned herself in to authorities Sunday night. She implicates the state of striking back versus her for speaking up about its COVID-19 policies and authorities choices related to the pandemic.

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Previous Florida data researcher Rebekah Jones turned herself in to authorities Sunday night. She accuses the state of striking back versus her for speaking out about its COVID-19 policies and authorities decisions related to the pandemic.

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FDLE said in its declaration that “proof obtained from a search warrant on December 7 programs that Jones unlawfully accessed the system sending out a message to approximately 1,750 individuals and downloaded personal FDOH information and waited to her gadgets.”

Jones has stated she lost her job after declining demands to manipulate data to suggest Florida was ready to relieve coronavirus limitations. Jones says shes being penalized for continuing to speak up about how Gov. Ron DeSantis is dealing with COVID-19, mentioning her arrest and a raid on her home last month.

In early December, Florida law enforcement representatives seized Jones computer system, phone and other devices when they performed a search warrant at her house in Tallahassee. She later filed a claim, saying that the raid, in which representatives entered her home with weapons drawn, was another act of retaliation against her.

After news of Jones pending arrest warrant emerged, Floridas police department told NPR that the agency remained in talks with her lawyers to organize her being collared.

In the months after Jones was fired, she developed her own dashboard for reporting coronavirus information called Florida COVID Action, using data and information about screening alternatives. When she introduced it, a state Department of Health spokesperson protected the states control panel and suggested that Jones variation included unreliable information.

Jones said on Saturday that she prepared to turn herself in.

Rebekah Jones, the information scientist who assisted develop Floridas COVID-19 control panel, has turned herself in to cops, in response to an arrest warrant released by the state.

On Saturday, Jones stated through Twitter that the states allegation against her “was released the day after a Tallahassee judge told police that if theyre not examining a criminal activity, they needed to return my equipment.”

According to Jones, Florida investigators “discovered no proof” associated with the incident that officials said had actually set off the raid: a chat message that was sent out to a planning group on an emergency alert platform, prompting individuals to speak up openly about Floridas coronavirus strategies. She composed on Twitter on Saturday, “authorities did find documents I received/downloaded from sources in the state, or something of that nature.”

Jones is charged with one count of “offenses versus users of computers, computer systems, computer system networks and electronic gadgets,” the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement Monday.

” To safeguard my household from continued police violence, and to show that Im all set to eliminate whatever they throw at me, Im turning myself into authorities in Florida Sunday night,” she said on Twitter. “The Governor will not win his war on science and free speech. He will not silence those who speak up.”