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Jay McDougle biography: 13 things about George Floyd reenactor from Hanover, Pennsylvania

Jay McDougle

Jay McDougle

Jay Randolph McDougle is an Italian-American man from Hanover, Pennsylvania, United States. Here are 13 more facts about him:

  1. He loves guitars and tattoos. He has a swastika tattoo.
  2. He is originally from Naples, Italy.
  3. Among his family and relatives are Randy Lee McDougle, Diane Patricia McDougle, Diana Patricia McDougle, Jessica L. Fowler, Carol Rose Snyder and Patricia S. Myers.
  4. Aside from Hanover, he also lived in other parts of Pennsylvania including Dover, Spring Grove and East Berlin. He also previously lived in Kenton, Ohio, USA.
  5. He graduated from Kenton City School District in Kenton in 2002.
  6. He has been in a relationship with Allison Dettinburn of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania since March 14, 2016.
  7. He works at Utz Snacks in Hanover.
  8. He is friends with Jacob “Jake” Wiatrak, also a Hanover resident.
  9. He and Wiatrak do not believe that George Floyd have died because of how he was arrested by former Minneapolis Police Department officers  Derek Michael Chauvin, Tou Nmn Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Kiernan Lane.
  10. On August 7, 2020, he and Wiatrak attended a Black Lives Matter protest on Hanover Square as counter-protesters. To prove that Floyd did not die in the hands of former Minneapolis Police Department officers, he knelt on the neck of Wiatrak, who was lying face down on the ground, in front of the protesters.
  11. He apologized for reenacting Floyd’s fatal arrest. He told The York Dispatch, “I apologize if anything we did was taken the wrong way. It wasn’t about race.”
  12. He claimed that he and Wiatrak went to the Black Lives Matter protest on Hanover Square to “have a civil discussion about the signs, then somewhere along the way he wanted to point out that kneeling on the back of the neck would not lead to asphyxiation.”
  13. For him, people have different opinions but his and Wiatrak’s “just happened to be put on video and twisted to fit the narrative” to make them look like racist.

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