On Wednesday, a white non-commissioned officer in the military was charged with a third-degree assault after being seen in a viral video that hit a black man and told him, “You’re in the wrong neighborhood.”
The Associated Press reported that 42-year-old Jonathan Pentland was detained at the Richland County Jail in South Carolina on Wednesday.
In the video, which was originally posted on Facebook on Monday, Pentland can be seen walking close to a black man. Asked what he was doing in the neighborhood, Black said he was “going,” and Pentland said, “Let̵
“You’re in the wrong neighborhood,” Pentland said in the video. “I’m not playing with you. … I’m about to show you what I can do.”
Pentland wants to know where the other man lives and accuses him of “harassing the neighborhood.” When the black man responds to a woman whom Pentland identifies as his wife, Pentland pushes him.
Walking while it’s black.
The hatred that our black skin attracts is absolutely ridiculous. There are so many # jonathanpentland in positions of power who abuse their power and engage in white supremacy activities just like this.
– Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) April 14, 2021
According to the AP, the woman who originally posted the video, Charel Johnson, said that when authorities arrived on the scene, Pentland was quoted as maliciously injuring property by hitting the other man’s phone with his hand.
Social media accounts connect Pentland with Fort Jackson in South Carolina, where he has reportedly been stationed since 2019, working as a sergeant in the garrison.
In a statement on Twitter, the commander of Fort Jackson Brig. General Milford Beagle Jr. said, “Leaders at Fort Jackson in no way justify the behavior depicted in the video released recently.”
Fort Jackson said the Department of Justice was investigating the incident and confirmed that Pentland was charged.
“This action deeply affects our community – the neighbors of the summit, the city of Columbia, the counties of Richland and Lexington, and our family army,” Beagle said.
– Fort Jackson (@fortjackson) April 14, 2021
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lot did not reveal the identity of the other man during a press conference, AP reported, but confirmed that he is not a minor. He said the man had been involved in other incidents in the neighborhood before the video, but said “none of them justified the attack that took place”.
Social media videos showed protesters demonstrating in front of Pentland’s house. The assembled crowd chanted, “We will make racists uncomfortable.”
Protest currently taking place in Columbia, South Carolina Jonathan Pentland‼ ️ WITHOUT JUSTICE, NO PEACE pic.twitter.com/TbGLFWVS7T
– BIG BROTHER WAVYY JONEZ (@iAmWavyyJonez) April 14, 2021