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Florida governor defends search of ex-state worker's home

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 16:22:27-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is vigorously defending law enforcement officers on how they served a search warrant at the home of a former Department of Health employee being investigated for unauthorized use of an emergency alert system.

DeSantis spoke Friday, addressing the search warrant served at the home of Rebekah Jones on Monday.

“This individual became known because she alleged a conspiracy theory at the Department of Health, which is unfounded. Never proven at all. She was fired because she wasn’t doing a good job,” DeSantis said. “You’d think that would be the end of it. Obviously, she’s got issues.”

Jones helped develop the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, but was later fired for insubordination and has since publicly questioned the accuracy of the data.

She recorded the first 31 seconds of the encounter and posted it on social media.

It showed officers with guns drawn entering her home. DeSantis said officers were doing their job and did so properly.