“It’s just a big huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning,” she said. “It’s really just a party acting like Covid does not exist; it’s acting that businesses aren’t closed.”
Mr. Paul told Insider, however, that he had no plans to stop partying and that he was “not the type of person who’s going to sit around and not live my life.”
In June, Mr. Paul was charged with trespassing and unlawful assembly after he entered a mall in Scottsdale, Ariz., that was being looted. His videographer filmed Mr. Paul handling a stolen bottle of vodka amid the looting and posted the footage to social media.
In the days after that incident, Mr. Paul insisted that he had gone to the mall simply to see what was going on, and to capture footage to use on his YouTube channel.
On Wednesday, the charges against Mr. Paul and two other men were dismissed without prejudice, according to the Scottsdale Police Department, which said in an email that the decision was in the “best interest of the community” and would allow the federal criminal investigation to be completed.
Police officials said that they retained the option to refile charges depending on the outcome of the federal investigation.
Neil Vigdor contributed reporting.
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/us/jake-paul-fbi-raid.html