Raided at gunpoint: Cops swoop on home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard

Raided at gunpoint: Cops swoop on home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard

Florida's state police on Monday morning raided the home of coronavirus tracker Rebekah Jones, seizing her electronics at gunpoint as part of a computer hacking investigation.


Jones previously built a website displaying up-to-date COVID-19 virus infection stats for Florida’s Department of Health while working as a geographic information system manager for the department’s Division of Disease Control and Health Protection. But in May she said she was fired for refusing to massage the numbers so that the Sunshine State didn't look quite as riddled with the virus as it really was, and could justify reopening businesses.


The official explanation for Jones' departure was that, according to a spokesperson for Governor Ron DeSantis, she "exhibited a repeated course of insubordination during her time with the department."


Jones then set up her own COVID-19 dashboard, which frequently reported a higher number of cases than the Department of Health's site.


This week, state cops armed with a search warrant entered her home at 8am, and pointed guns at her and her family before taking all her electronic devices. A short video clip, recorded from a camera on a bookshelf and posted on Twitter, shows her yelling at the g-men to not point a gun at her children.



1/There will be no update today.

At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech.

They were serving a warrant on my computer afte ..