YouTuber Jake Paul under fire after filmed among looters at an Arizona mall
Last Modified: Jun 1, 2020
YouTube star Jake Paul is under fire after he was spotted amongst the crowd of looters at an Arizona mall Saturday.
According to TMZ’s reported cell phone video, the 23-year-old is seen wearing a mask and initially seen in a crowd outside the mall.
While pointing at police outside the mall, a man’s voice is heard saying, “Bunch of f–king idiots, bro. Literally, I walked right here, right up to there.” It is unclear if the voice is that if Paul or Andrew Blue, who recorded the footage.
“These f–king idiots teargassed me. I ain’t doing s–t, bro. Look at them pointing guns at me. Look at them. Twenty guns on me. Twenty guns on me right now.” the man’s voice continued.
Written over the video is the message: “America is in ruins.”
In the second part of the video, Paul is seen inside the mall with more than a dozen other people - but is not seen looting or causing any damage.
To explain the video, Jake Paul took to Twitter on Sunday.
“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 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; strictly documenting, not engaging.”
He continued, “I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed and while it’s not the answer, it’s important that people see it and collectively figure out how to move forward in a healthy way.”