Twitch Streamer Kai Cenat Arrested For Inciting A Riot With PlayStation 5 Giveaway, NYC ‘Streets Were Overrun With People’

Twitch streamer Kai Cenat’s “huge giveaway” went from doing good in the hood to clout-chasing chaos, ending with two charges for inciting a riot and 65 arrests.

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Kai seemingly had good intentions when he decided to surprise fans with a huge giveaway in the streets of NYC. What started as an exciting experience soon turned into chaos and confusion. Ultimately, the Twitch star landed in NYPD custody.
The fun began at Union Square Park on Friday. Twitch streamers Kai and Fanum put out the word that they were giving away goodies like PS5 consoles, computers, microphones, keyboards and gift cards. Instead of the festivities starting around 4 PM as scheduled, the craziness broke out around 3:30 PM.

More video of the riot in New York #kaicenat #iam205
— I AM 205 ENTERTAINMENT (@BAMAKING2055) August 5, 2023

According to NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey, thousands of people were at Union Square.

“Soon the park and the surrounding streets were overrun with people, obstructing vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” he said.
“We went from 300 kids to a couple of thousands of kids in minutes.”

The chaos triggered the NYPD to activate a “Level 4” response, its highest level of disaster response.

Kai Cenat and Fanum Leaving the Chaos 🤯🤯
— Domain ➐ (@domainsdomain) August 4, 2023

“Individuals in the park began to commit acts of violence towards the police and the public. You had people walking around with shovels, axes, and other tools from the construction. Individuals were also lighting fireworks, throwing them towards the police, they were throwing them towards each other.” chief Jeffrey Maddrey said at the second briefing.

Kai Cenat and Fanum caused a riot in NYC’s Union Square after promising to distribute free PS5s, PCs, gift cards, etc.
Hundreds of youngsters gathered, leading to fights.
The NYPD was on scene to disperse the crowd and warned of mass transit disruptions and traffic delays.
— BoreCure (@CureBore) August 4, 2023

See how the giveaway turned into riot charges for Kai Cenat and arrests for 65 others after the flip.

Kai Cenat Charged With Inciting A Riot, NYPD Arrests 65 Others

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Eventually, the social media influencer Kai and other people in the crowd were taken into custody.
Attendees took to Instagram and Twitter to share POVs of being inside the madness. One user exclaimed that it felt like war.

POV: You won a PS5 at the Kai Cenat and Fanum fan meetup
— Sonny (@sonny_low2) August 5, 2023

kai cenat & his fans are so corny… this is exactly what happens when you build a fanbase full of little KIDS!
— jay.☆ (@munch4spice) August 4, 2023

NYPD officer: “I’m proud of how much restraint we showed today”
Here’s officers throwing a kids face into a window at the Kai Cenat meet up. The kid doesnt seem to be resisting at all.
— DJ (@DJ33_TV) August 5, 2023

One clip showed Kai Cent helping out an injured fan in the crowd who also struggled with his breathing.

Kai Cenat helping one of his supporters that couldn’t breathe🙏🏽
— Domain ➐ (@domainsdomain) August 5, 2023

Panicked parents searched for their kids in the chaos, but Maddrey said he wished more parents had come to help break up the disorderly crowds.
In the end, police arrested 65 people, including 30 juveniles, Maddrey said at a Friday night news conference. He noted that he saw young people injured in the crowd as well as police officers.

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Cenat faces two counts of inciting a riot and unlawful assembly, among other charges, the chief said.
Influencers need to communicate with law enforcement before an event so they can set up barriers and bring extra officers, Maddrey said.
It remains unclear whether this was a stunt on Kai’s behalf or if he really did have true intentions of giving away the free prizes. Just goes to show that these influencers really do have some type of influence on the younger generation.

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