Florida Republican Attorney Resigns to Protest Rebekah Jones Raid

Sarasota, Florida, attorney Ron Filipkowski resigned from a state commission in protest after law enforcement raided the home of a former Florida Department of Health employee who said she was fired after refusing to manipulate coronavirus data.

State officials are investigating a complaint by the Department of Health that somebody hacked into the agency’s emergency communications channel and sent a text message to 1,750 employees with the DOH and other agencies stating: “It’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. You know this is wrong. You don’t have to be a part of this. Be a hero. Speak out before it’s too late.”

Filipkowski said the raid was overkill.

“You don’t send 12 armed officers to raid her computer for doing that,” he said. “That’s Gestapo. That’s authoritarian dictator tactics. That’s not America. It really viscerally bothered me.

Filipkowski appeared on Laurence O’Donnell’s Last Word on Wednesday night.

Sarasota Herald-Tribune