Published: Mon, June 01, 2020

YouTube star Jake Paul identified among looters in an Arizona mall

YouTube star Jake Paul identified among looters in an Arizona mall

Back in 2018, Paul filmed-and later posted-the body of a suicide victim in Japan's Aokigahara forest."Jake Paul films himself looting during protests of the murder of an innocent black man", one user said.

Last night, Paul and his friends were broadcasting live as they followed protests throughout the area, eventually arriving at the Fashion Square Mall as stores were robbed and demolished. The caption on the video reads 'American is in ruins'.

"To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism", Paul said. "Look at that, I walked right up to there", Paul said, gesturing to the footpath near a large plume of smoke and what appeared to be a crowd of police officers. The identical video later exhibits Paul strolling round contained in the mall as extra looting takes place.

The YouTuber posted videos to his Instagram story showing him protesting outside and facing police officers who threw tear gas toward him. Somebody within the video acknowledges Paul and takes a photograph with him.

As The Washington Post's Abby Ohlheiser reported in 2017, Paul has previously faced accusations of using other disaster situations, like that years' Hurricane Harvey, to create content for his YouTube channel.

Paul was also criticized by people for not actually being there to protest systematic racism and police brutality. "We spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrific injustices our country has ever seen". We filmed every thing we noticed in an effort to share our expertise and convey extra consideration to the anger felt in each neighborhood we traveled via; we had been strictly documenting, not participating.

There was speculation that Jake Paul was filming the ordeal for the purposes of a YouTube vlog. He added: "I do not approve of violence, looting or violation of the law".

Blue also denied the allegations against him and Paul in a statement released Saturday afternoon. "We are all doing the best we can to be helpful and raise awareness; this is not the time to attack each other, it's time to join together and evolve".

'Nobody with us was looting or vandalizing, bit it certainly was tragic to see and while we understand the frustration, we don't condone or support any behavior like that'.

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