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Was Raid On COVID Data Analyst Intended To Send A Message To Florida Whistle Blowers?

Rebekah Jones is pictured on MSNBC.
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Via Fresh Take Florida
Rebekah Jones is pictured on MSNBC.

TALLAHASSEE

Florida police did something rarely seen in the life of a pending investigation this week: They released the screenshot of an agent’s cell phone to show how many times police attempted to call Rebekah Jones, the former state data analyst turned whistle blower.

The screenshot not only showed Jones’ personal cell phone number, it showed police called four times between 8:38 and 8:43 a.m. Monday as agents waited on her doorstep for more than 20 minutes before she opened the door and they entered with their guns drawn.

Making the call log public appeared to portray Jones’ reluctance to cooperate with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which wanted to seize her computers and other electronic equipment because it said it had probable cause to believe she was behind an anonymous message sent to her former colleagues at the Florida Department of Health urging them to “be a hero” and speak out about the coronavirus. FDLE has filed no charges.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.