The YouTube creator Jake Paul, was charged by police in Scottsdale, Arizona, with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after he was identified among a crowd of looters at a local mall.
“In our continued investigation it was confirmed that Jake Paul was in attendance & remained inside after an unlawful assembly was declared & has been charged with Criminal Trespass & Unlawwful Assembly,” the Scottsdale Police Department said in a tweet Thursday from its official account.
In response, Paul said in a tweet Thursday, “gimme my charges and let’s put the focus back on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter.”
Paul posted a statement on his Twitter account Sunday, insisting that he and his group were only documenting the scene and they did not participate in looting or vandalism.
“For context, we spent the day doing our part to peaceful 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,” Paul wrote in the post. “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.”