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Ex-Florida knowledge scientist Rebekah Jones ‘turning herself in’ to face new cost

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Rebekah Jones, the fired Florida Department of Health knowledge scientist-turned-whistleblower, mentioned Saturday she shall be “turning herself in” to Florida police on Sunday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger confirmed there may be an lively arrest warrant for Jones.”FDLE agents have been working with her attorney to have her turn herself in,” Plessinger mentioned. “Our case remains active. Once she turns herself in, we’ll be able to provide additional information.”In a sequence of tweets Saturday, Jones alleged the state failed to attach her to a message despatched on the state’s emergency administration system final yr calling on civil servants to blow the whistle on Gov. Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 pandemic response. That had been the idea for a search warrant executed by armed FDLE brokers of Jones’ home on Dec. 7 the place they seized telephones, computer systems and reminiscence drives.”The state has issued a warrant for my arrest – even though the ‘crime’ is not related to the warrant,” Jones tweeted Saturday, referring to the December search warrant.”To protect my family from continued police violence, and to show that I’m ready to fight whatever they throw at me, I’m turning myself into police in Florida Sunday night. The Governor will not win his war on science and free speech. He will not silence those who speak out,” she tweeted.More: Rebekah Jones, former Florida COVID-19 knowledge supervisor, information swimsuit over regulation enforcement’s ‘sham’ raid on her homeJones has been a frequent critic of DeSantis since she was fired final May for what she mentioned was refusing to physician the state’s COVID-19 numbers. State officers mentioned she was fired for insubordination. Following the raid she moved to Washington, D.C., final week, citing the trauma of the raid on her household and fears for his or her safety.In her tweets she claims that “FDLE found no evidence of a message sent last Nov. to DOH staff telling them to ‘speak out’ on any of the devices they took – the entire basis for the raid on my home.”Story continuesBREAKING: FDLE discovered no proof of a message despatched final Nov. to DOH employees telling them to ‘communicate out’ on any of the units they took – your complete foundation for the raid on my home in Dec. The warrant was primarily based on a lie. We argued this in court docket simply final week. This must be victory.— Rebekah Jones (@GeoRebekah) January 16, 2021The FDLE’s warrant affidavit was closely criticized by authorized and digital rights specialists for being imprecise, overreaching and primarily based on poor proof.More: Under hearth for strong-arm techniques, DeSantis lashes out at former knowledge scientist Rebekah Jones”The warrant was based on a lie,” Jones mentioned, alleging that as a substitute it was merely a method to grab her laptop {hardware} and telephones and let the state see who she was speaking with.”Police did find documents I received/downloaded from sources in the state, or something of that nature… it isn’t clear at this point what exactly they’re saying I had that I shouldn’t have had, but an agent confirmed it has nothing to do with the subject of the warrant,” she mentioned.An unidentified Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent holds Rebekah Jones as different officers put together to go looking her home.The FDLE’s Plessinger in a follow-up electronic mail to a reporter mentioned, “I can say agents analyzed forensic evidence that was within the scope of the December search warrant.”Jones sued the state for violating her civil rights following the raid and filed a movement to have the FDLE return the seized gear on the idea they weren’t investigating against the law. Indeed no costs had been filed in opposition to Jones earlier than the raid or within the weeks since.A decide earlier this week postpone a choice on whether or not to return Jones’ property, saying a choice could not be made till it was clear whether or not Jones was being charged.”They didn’t find proof of anything related to the warrant, so they invented something new to come after me for in retaliation,” Jones tweeted.After being ousted from her position managing the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, Jones created her personal competing data portal. She has additionally used her platform, and on-line following, to criticize DeSantis and actions by Florida’s DOH.Follow Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon on Twitter: @alemzsThis article initially appeared on Florida Today: Florida whistleblower Rebekah Jones ‘turning herself in’ to face cost

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