Police in Scottsdale, Ariz., have charged YouTube celebrity anchor Jake Paul with involvement in last weekend’s mall riots. Paul was charged with two misdemeanors — trespassing and unlawful assembly. According to a statement sent to The Verge by the Scottsdale Police Department, Paul will appear in court “after one month of summons.”
Photo from Paul Twitter
“Following the riots and looting at the Scottsdale Fashion Plaza mall on May 30, 2020, the Scottsdale Police Department received hundreds of leads and videos confirming that Jake Joseph Paul, who had significant influence on social media, was a participant in the disturbance,” the statement read. Our investigation revealed that Paul was also present after the rioters were ordered to leave the area by police after the protests were declared illegal. Paul also entered and remained in the mall illegally when it was closed. “
Paul tweeted Thursday afternoon: “Give me the charges. Let’s put the spotlight back on George Floyd and the quality of life of black people. Paul has previously denied any involvement in any robbery. After posting multiple videos on Instagram and Twitter, he posted a lengthy statement on Twitter showing him and his team members robbing outside and inside an Arizona mall. Paul’s statement said, “Neither I nor anyone on our team was involved in any robbery or vandalism.” “
Intercepted by Paul’s Twitter.
In this statement, it was written.
In the background, we have been peacefully protesting during the day, shouting about the recent injustices in our country, and as we filmed the events and atrocities in Arizona, we were tear-gassed and forced to move forward. We record everything to show everyone the anger felt in every community. We only record, not participate. I don’t sympathize with violence, looting, and breaking the law. But at the same time, I understand the anger and frustration that led to violence and destruction, but that is not the answer. It’s important that people see the problem and move on in a healthy way.