Rebekah Jones, fired Florida COVID data scientist, talks about FDLE raid on her home

Rob Landers
Florida Today

Florida Pulse — comprised of USA TODAY Network-Florida opinion editors — will talk with Rebekah Jones, the fired Florida COVID-19 data scientist who made headlines earlier this week after she tweeted a viral video of police raiding her home.

State police on Monday raided the Tallahassee home of Jones, the fired Florida Department of Health data scientist who said she lost her job for refusing to “manipulate” COVID-19 data. She was fired in May.

Jones will speak with the USA TODAY Network about the raid at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. You can watch it on Facebook and YouTube and the network’s news sites. FLORIDA TODAY Engagement and Opinion Editor Isadora Rangel will host the conversation.

Just released:Florida authorities release body camera video of raid on Rebekah Jones' house

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement had seized computer equipment from Jones’ home as part of an investigation into a complaint from the DOH regarding unauthorized access to an emergency messaging system.

The FDLE has said an Internet Protocol, or IP, address associated with Jones's Comcast account was the source of a message sent through that system to 1,750 recipients.

She has denied any involvement.

About the Rebekah Jones raid

• Agents raid home of fired Florida data scientist who built COVID-19 dashboard

• 'You want the children now?' Fired Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones tells police when they enter home to take hardware, tech

• FDLE video released:Florida authorities release body camera video of raid on Rebekah Jones' house

• Who is she?:Rebekah Jones was fired from the Florida Dept. of Health. So she built a new COVID-19 dashboard

• 'It's a scary time': Researchers, academics react to state agents raiding home of Rebekah Jones

• Opinion: What was the real message behind the raid on the COVID whistleblower's Florida home?

• Rebekah Jones raid and computer seizure: Read full search warrant from Florida state police

• Social media reaction from celebrities, scientists: 'Get to the bottom of this'

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Rob Landers is a USA Today Network of Florida Multimedia Storyteller. You can email him at rlanders@gannett.com or find him on Twitter and Instagram at @ByRobLanders.

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