Soldier charged with assault after video shows him shoving Black man

James Marshall
April 15, 2021

A white Army non-commissioned officer depicted in a viral video accosting and shoving a Black man in a SC neighborhood has been charged with third-degree assault.

A phone number for Pentland listed in public records was disconnected, and his wife did not respond to a voicemail left at her cellphone number Wednesday.

"The video, which can be seen below, shows Pentland pushing, threatening and yelling at a young Black male, who has only been identified as Deandre, in the Columbia neighborhood where Pentland lives". In the video, Pentland can be heard accusing the man of starting a fight with a woman in the neighborhood. "You need help? I'm happy to help". I am about to do something to you. "The video showed that he did, and that's the evidence that we have that he was charged with". Johnson did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking further details.

"Walking", the victim says with a shrug.

Authorities have identified Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pentland, 42, as the aggressor who demands that a smaller, unidentified Black man "walk away" repeatedly.

"You either walk away or I'm going to carry your ass out of here", Pentland says later. "I'm about to do something to you". You better start walking right now.

Pentland also tries to get the man to give his address after he tells Pentland that he lives nearby, and Pentland accuses him of being in the wrong neighborhood.

The clip ends with Deandre walking away from Pentland; Johnson said in a follow-up post that Pentland slapped Deandre's phone out of his hand.

Officials at Fort Jackson, the U.S. Army's largest basic training facility, said Wednesday they were looking into the incident.

Beagle said that the Department of Justice is investigating the incident at the federal level as well.

Jonathan Pentland, who is a U.S. Army soldier assigned to Fort Jackson, was arrested at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and was booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

The Daily Dot has reached out to Fort Jackson.

"We will get to the bottom of this ASAP", he said.

On his official Facebook page, Beagle said Army officials "have begun our own investigation and are working with the local authorities".

"The leaders at Fort Jackson in no way condone the behavior depicted in the video posted recently", Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis.

Late Wednesday, the Richmond County Sheriff's Department said Pentland and his family were moved from their home after protests outside became violent and the home was vandalized.

During an afternoon news conference, Sheriff Leon Lott said the other man in the video was not a juvenile but declined to release his name.

Lott also said that there had been "other issues" in the past involving the victim but added, "none of them justified the assault that occurred".

"The first time I saw the video, it was bad". Lott said his investigators had turned their case over to prosecutors, who determined what charge to levy against Pentland.

The neighbors told the black man they had called the police on him.

Pentland faces a total of 30 days in jail and or a $500 fine for the assault charge. "The taller man also pushed Deandre several times off-camera", she said. "It doesn't matter", the man said continuing to imply that the young man was in the wrong neighborhood.

"The only thing he did was be black while walking!"

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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