Police in Scottsdale, Arizona have charged YouTuber Jake Paul. Paul was charged with two misdemeanor crimes – criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly.
The Scottsdale police department received hundreds of tips and videos identifying social media influencer Jake Joseph Paul as a participant in the riot. Paul was present after the protest was declared an unlawful assembly and the rioters were ordered to leave the area by the police.
Paul previously denied any involvement in any looting. He issued a lengthy statement on Twitter following multiple videos posted to Instagram and Twitter.
‘we were strictly documenting, not engaging,’ Paul wrote in a statement posted to Twitter. The video was intended to bring more attention to the anger felt in every neighborhood we traveled through,’ he said.
It remained unclear whether Paul and his team were involved in any looting. The YouTube community criticized Paul for his appearance at the scene regardless.