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Social Media Influencer Kai Cenat Charged with Rioting and Unlawful Assembly

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Kai Cenat, boasts a massive following of 4 million on YouTube, 5 million on Instagram, and 6.5 million on Twitch. Announced during a Wednesday Twitch stream his plans for a grand “huge giveaway” at Union Square Park on Friday, 4 p.m.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 07: Kai Cenat attends TwitchCon 2022 on October 07, 2022 in San Diego, California.

During the stream, he revealed the giveaway items, including computers, PlayStation 5s, microphones, keyboards, webcams, gaming chairs, headphones, and gift cards. All are to be distributed from a truck station on Union Square. He expressed his belief that New York truly deserves such gifts.

Reason Behind Kai Cenat Charged with Rioting and Unlawful Assembly

Cenat was taken into custody by police for “safety reasons,” as states Maddrey. He had not informed the police about the gathering or obtained a permit, resulting in the declaration of an unlawful assembly.

During the chaos, several police officers sustained injuries, and “quite a few” individuals had arrested as the police worked to disperse the crowd, according to Maddrey. He showed dirt on his uniform, revealing that he was in the midst of the crowd and was struck by multiple objects.

Amidst the commotion, some parents arrived at the park to find their children. But Maddrey expressed a wish for more parental assistance in breaking up the disorderly crowds.

At a Friday night press conference, Maddrey disclosed that 65 individuals had been arrested, comprising 30 juveniles. While highlighting the presence of both injured young people and police officers in the crowd.

Chief Maddrey confirmed that Cenat faces charges, including two counts of inciting a riot and unlawful assembly.

CNN has made attempts to contact Cenat’s representatives for their comments on the matter.

On his Wednesday stream, Cenat announced that attendees could win prizes by answering “random questions” related to YouTube and streaming. He promised a PlayStation 5 as an instant reward for correct answers.

During the event, Cenat streamed live on Twitch, sharing videos from the crowd, including one seemingly taken from inside a truck. He described the chaotic scene, stating, “It’s everybody for themselves. It’s a war out there,” and also noted the significant police presence.

On Friday afternoon, Cenat shared an Instagram story with news coverage of the crowds. Expressing his love and appreciation for his followers and urging them to stay safe.

Chief Maddrey emphasized that influencers must coordinate with law enforcement before such events. Allowing for proper security measures, including barriers and additional officers.

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