By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Jake Paul video of Scottsdale, Arizona mall looting incident, obtianed by E!Online.
Jake Paul has been charged with a misdemeanor trespassing after mall looting. This was reported by The New York Times on June 4. Jake Paul, a famed social media influencer, has been charged with both criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly. Video footage shows paul participating in looting in a mall in Scottsdale, Arizona. He also appears to have entered the mall and remained there when it was closed for business.
Fox News corroborated The New York Times account. The YouTube star’s misdemeanor charge was confirmed by the police on Thursday. The Scottsdale Police Department issued a statement regarding Mr. Paul’s arrest.
“Following the riots and looting that occurred on the evening of May 30th 2020 at Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, the Scottsdale Police Department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying social media influencer, Jake Joseph Paul (23), as a participant in the riot.
Our investigation has revealed that Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police. Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed. As a result, Paul has been charged with Criminal Trespass and Unlawful Assembly (both misdemeanor charges).He was issued a summons to appear in court in a month,” said the statement, as quoted by Fox News.
Mr. Paul appears to be rather nonchalant regarding his own arrest.
“Gimme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter,” said Paul, via a tweet that was posted on June 4 at 1:02pm.
Mr. Paul’s tweet was met with a bit of backlash. Private Twitter users accused him of exploiting the George Floyd inspired civil rights protests for social media attention and “free vodka.”
Mr. Paul released a statement near the time of his arrest detailing his exact involvement with the video-captured scene in the Scottsdale mall.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism. For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen, which led to us being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona,” said Paul in a tweet that was posted on May 31.
“We were gassed and forced to keep moving on foot. We filmed everything we saw in an effort to share our experience and bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through; we were strictly documenting, not engaging. I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law,” Paul’s statement read further, as quoted by Fox News.
Despite what Mr. Paul said, his statement received criticism. The rapper Elijah Daniel made claims that Paul looted vodka from a P.F. Chang’s on camera.
However, there were also those of Mr. Paul’s social following who believed he did not deserve the charges that he was pressed with.