We’ve received 100s of tips in response to the events at @ScottsdaleFS. 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 & Unlawful Assembly. pic.twitter.com/ySPmZT7ADv
“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,” a statement from Scottsdale police said via The Verge. “Paul also unlawfully entered and remained inside of the mall when it was closed.”
Paul received a summons from the police. Other members of his team who were with him have yet to receive charges.
Paul has denied the charges against him on May 31, BBC reported.
“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism,” he said in a tweet. “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.
“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.”
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