Authorities have charged a U.S. Army sergeant with third-degree assault and battery after his disturbing confrontation with another man went viral on social media.
The suspect, Sgt. Jonathan Pentland, 42, who is based at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., is also under investigation by the U.S. Army in connection with the incident at the gated community where he lives. The U.S. Justice Department is also reportedly probing the encounter.
In the footage, the soldier claims the other man is “aggressing on my neighborhood” and repeatedly tells him to walk away prior to pushing him. “You’re in the wrong neighborhood, m—— f—-r. Get out….you either get your a** moving, or I’m going to move you…I’m about to show you what I can do,” he also said, among other things, to the other man, who is much smaller in stature.
“We are a tight-knight community; we take care of each other,” Pentland also told the other man, adding that “I have never seen you before in my life.” The other man, identified by some media outlets as Deandre, says that he lives in the neighborhood, however.
Deputies initially cited Pentland, who is a drill sergeant on active duty, for malicious injury to property for allegedly slapping a phone out of the victim’s hand.
Cops charged Pentland after the video surfaced, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said. If a suspect is found guilty in a court of law, a third-degree assault charge carries a maximum penalty of $500 and 30 days behind bars. Pentland was reportedly booked and released.
In a press conference, the sheriff described the video as “very disturbing, and something that “we’re not going to tolerate or condone in Richland County.”
“We’re not going to let people be bullies in our community, and if you are, you’re going to answer for it,” he added.
The three-minute video does not show what led up to the dispute, so more facts are likely going to be forthcoming. At the end of the clip, a female bystander claims the victim “picked a fight with some random young lady in front of our neighbors.”
In the presser, Sheriff Lott implied that the victim had allegedly been involved in previous incidents in the neighborhood but that provided no justification for the assault.
Protesters have since showed up outside the Pentland residence. According to WIS News 10 in Columbia, peaceful protests “turned disruptive” that allegedly extended to vandalism.
As of last night, cops blocked access to the neighborhood, and the Pentland family is currently staying at another location.
The protests at the Pentland home have become violent. The family was removed after it was vandalized. They were moved to another location and the neighborhood is being closed off except to residents. Please stay out of the area
— Richland County Sheriff's Dept. (@RCSD) April 15, 2021
Protesters are at the home of Jonathan Pentland, the racist Army sergeant who assaulted a young Black man pic.twitter.com/DIHJxV5EwS
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 14, 2021
As this is a developing story, check back for updates.
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