For the Scottsdale, Fashion Square mall riot on the weekend evening of 30 May 2020, police at Scottsdale, Arizona had charged Jake Paul, popular YouTuber. Police had received videos and tips in which Jake Joseph Paul, an influencer in social media was participating in a riot. He had been charged for 2 malfeasance crimes i.e. unlawful assembly and criminal trespassing. Paul has entered unlawfully and remained inside the mall when it was not open. As per Police Department Scottsdale’s statement given to The Verge, he has been issued a summon and have asked for appearing in the court within a month.
On Thursday afternoon, a tweet by Paul where he had asked for his charges and told to take the focus back on Black Live Matter and George Floyd. Earlier Paul had denied that he had not participated in any activity of looting. He had stated on twitter as well as on Instagram with videos that he and his crew members are present both outside as well as inside an Arizona Mall where the looting has taken place. As per the statement of Paul nor he or any of this member from the group is engaged with vandalism or looting.
He wrote on twitter that we are filming all that is happening to share the experience to bring in attention towards the anger that is now felt all over the neighborhood. He stated that he was documenting all the happening and not getting engaged in it.
These videos show that people are breaking glasses and things inside the mall. Nothing states that Paul is involved in looting. Other YouTube members and critics have criticized him for appearing at the scene.
After the death of George Floyd, there has been a protest, in the 50 states against the brutality of the police. There are many protests which are happening as peaceful assemblies, lawmakers and authorities have also seen the instances of rioting and looting for curfews as well as escalating the response of the police. Paul just wanted to document the “frustration and anger” which is there among the Arizona community.