The arrests keep flooding in after the ‘peaceful protests’ in May. And police keep releasing their smiling faces.

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Scottsdale, Arizona – It has been one month since riots kicked off over in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Now police say they have managed to make eight more arrests linked to the riotous acts that transpired on said date – bringing the total of those arrested now to 44 with regard to the criminal behavior that occurred.

Police released five of the eight mugshots associated with the newest arrest on June 26th, as three of those arrested were said to be juveniles.

Those arrested, who were not juveniles, were identified as follows:

  • Twenty-seven-year-old Brittany Mantz, who police say was arrested under suspicion of trafficking stolen property.
  • Twenty-year-old Alex Benjamin Grangroth, under charges of rioting, burglary, and unlawful assembly.
  • Nineteen-year-old Devion Gardner-Jones, whom police say was arrested trafficking in stolen property, possession of stolen property, misconduct involving weapons, and prohibited possession of a weapon under a felony release from jail.
  • Twenty-one-year-old Joshua Michael Bosch and 23-year-old Dominique Winfree, who were arrested for being alleged accomplices in Gardner-Jones’ case.

Of the juveniles arrested, there was one male arrested under charges for trafficking stolen property, one female arrested for theft and trafficking stolen property, and another juvenile male arrested for burglary and possession of stolen property.

So far, these arrests have brought on a total of 44 people arrested for criminal charges related to the riots and protests that broke out in Scottsdale, Arizona that were essentially mimicking the Minneapolis protests related to George Floyd’s death.

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However, there was yet another person charged earlier this month for their alleged criminal behavior during said riots in Scottsdale – none other than YouTube star Jake Paul.

The social media star has found himself charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly for what took place at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on May 30th, and here’s the background on what led to his charges. 

Numerous vandals and looters made their way over to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall on the evening of May 30th, and among said crowd was reportedly YouTube celebrity Jake Paul.

Paul took to Twitter and admitted that he was present at the mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, but swore that he had nothing to do with the criminal activity that took place at the shopping center. In a statement provided on the matter, Paul wrote:

“To be absolutely clear, neither I nor anyone in our group was engaged in any looting or vandalism.”

Paul claimed that he only came to Arizona to peacefully protest and also document the events. It should be noted that Paul resides in California, not Arizona.

He further said in his statement that he is firmly against the crimes that were committed:

“I do not condone violence, looting, or breaking the law; however, I understand the anger and frustration that led to the destruction we witnessed.”

Although, the videos that Paul had captured while in Scottsdale seem to show him being awfully close to riotous acts and vandalism going on.

Considering the aforementioned, it’s hard to genuinely believe that he wasn’t part and parcel to some of the destruction going on in Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.

In the video, he complains about being tear-gassed by police, but happens to be among a crowd that are actively damaging the buildings from the exterior. From there, video footage cuts into the interior of the mall, where further destruction took place.

As a result, many online called out Paul for not actually wanting to document any protests, since the Phoenix protests on May 30th were literally miles away from the crime that was happening in Scottsdale.

One Twitter user responded to Paul’s “response” to the controversy with the following:

“The peaceful protest that you are mentioning was in Downtown Phoenix. You were filmed breaking into Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. ‘Moving on foot’ from the protest would’ve taken over 3 hours to get to Scottsdale.”

The Scottsdale Police didn’t see anything remotely close to a protest at the Fashion Square Mall, according to a statement they released on the matter:

“While some may have indeed come to join what they believed would be a peaceful protest, what occurred was neither peaceful, nor a protest. It was a riot that saw several dozens of individuals collectively damaging property at and near the mall, breaking into businesses and looting the interiors.”

Locals in the Scottsdale took the time to start cleanup efforts on May 31st, with locals who had even said that what took place in Scottsdale was nothing like a protest.

Reports said that at least 12 people were arrested immediately following the vandalism and looting inside of the mall in Scottsdale, but hundreds were said to have been present during the riot.

The mall remains closed following the incident, with damage and stolen merchandise being estimated in the millions-of-dollars range.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement online in the day following the looting in Scottsdale:

“The looting and violence we saw last night, especially in Scottsdale, simply cannot be tolerated. And it won’t be. Destruction of property does not qualify as freedom of expression.”

Ducey’s statement continued, noting that he’ll be employing the help of the National Guard along with other law enforcement resources:

“I’ll be speaking w/ mayors around the state to ensure plans are in place to prevent this kind of lawlessness tonight & beyond. The state will provide all resources we can, through DPS, Nat. Guard, & coordination of local law enforcement. Every community needs to be prepared.”

Dwayne Lewis, a local among those helping to clean up the damages at the mall, stated the following about the aftermath of Scottsdale’s riot:

“There’ just a lot going on and people expressing frustrations, but I don’t think this is the way to do it. People are angry, and when you’re angry, how you articulate yourself can be misguided, and this is misguided.”

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