Former Florida Division of Well being knowledge supervisor Rebekah Jones sued the state’s Division of Regulation Enforcement, alleging the Dec. 7 raid on her home was a “sham” to retaliate in opposition to her for not altering COVID-19 knowledge, reports USA Today. Jones was fired in Could and shortly launched her personal COVID-19 on-line knowledge dashboard. Gov. Ron DeSantis blamed Jones’ firing on insubordination. Jones stated she was let go as a result of she wouldn’t alter knowledge to solid Florida in a extra favorable mild to justify DeSantis’ plans to reopen the state’s financial system. Within the lawsuit, Jones claims her constitutional rights had been violated, together with illegal search and seizure. She is searching for in extra of $100,00zero,.
“We are attempting to attain some sort of redress,” stated Rick Johnson, the lead legal professional in each the civil go well with and a separate whistleblower case. “That is nonetheless America. That is the sort of factor that occurs in tinhorn dictatorships in third world international locations.” Regulation Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen defended brokers he stated had been “vilified” by the media. Law enforcement officials arrived at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 7 to serve a search warrant on Jones’ house in reference to an investigation of a safety breach of a state Well being Division emergency communication community. Brokers stated it took greater than 20 minutes for Jones to open the door after they started knocking. Johnson, stated she was nonetheless in mattress, needed to dress, get up her youngsters and name her legal professional.