Ousted Florida Data Scientist Says She Will Turn Herself in to Police

Ousted Florida Data Scientist Says She Will Turn Herself in to Police Ousted Florida Data Scientist Says She Will Turn Herself in to Police In this photo illustration the Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard is seen displayed on a computer screen. (Paul Hennessy/Sipa via AP Images)

By Brian Freeman | Monday, 18 January 2021 06:06 AM

Rebekah Jones, the ousted Florida data scientist who accused the state of manipulating coronavirus data, announced she would turn herself in to police, The Hill reported on Sunday.

“To protect my family from continued police violence, and to show that I'm ready to fight whatever they throw at me, I'm turning myself into police in Florida Sunday night," Jones wrote on Twitter. “The Governor will not win his war on science and free speech. He will not silence those who speak out.”

Jones has said she was dismissed in May because she refused to “manually change data” to back the reason for lifting coronavirus restrictions, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ spokeswoman accused her of having “exhibited a repeated course of insubordination” and “blatant disrespect,” according to The Hill.

Police allege that she used a Department of Health communications platform to send a text on Nov. 10 encouraging others that it was “time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead,” but Jones denied sending the message. Police raided her home on Dec. 7.

“They didn't find proof of anything related to the warrant, so they invented something new to come after me for in retaliation,” Jones said in a tweet.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement told NBC News it was cooperating with Jones’s lawyers and would release more information after she’s in custody.