BLM Protesters Gather Outside Home Of U.S. Army Sergeant Seen Harassing Black Man In South Carolina Neighborhood
Police launched the investigation after video of the incident surfaced on Facebook on Monday.
April 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm
Update (April 15, 2021): A large group of Black Lives Matter protesters gathered outside of Sgt. Jonathan Pentland’s home Wednesday evening in the outskirts of Columbia, South Carolina.Pentland, a U.S. Army first class drill sergeant, was seen in the same neighborhood shoving and yelling expletives at a young Black man in a video that surfaced on Monday.
The 43-year-old has since been arrested and charged with third-degree assault, according to CBS News. The outlet also reported that the Army officer was issued a personal recognizance bond and listed as detained in the Richland County jail.
Following the incident where Pentland berated the Black man known as Deandre, saying, “you're in the wrong neighborhood motherf**ker,” video footage shows dozens of protesters rallying with megaphones and BLM signs.
“All lives are not at stake. All lives are not under a threat. All lives are not being shot down,” a protester said through the megaphone. “It’s Black lives, and it’s not just Black lives, but for the most part, it’s Black people.”“Take ownership of yourself, take ownership of your community,” he added before what sounds like glass breaking causes the recording to end abruptly.
According to News19, protestors journeyed from as far as Charleston and Greenville to make their voices heard.
"I came out today as I wanted to make my voice heard, so people know this is not OK,” Jasmine James, a resident of the neighborhood told News19. “We are simply trying to exist and be a part of America like everyone else."
In a statement to Blavity, Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle, Jr. said that the incident is not representative of the Fort Jackson base, where Pentland has been stationed since 2019."The leaders at Fort Jackson in no way condone the behavior depicted in the video posted recently," the statement reads. "This action deeply impacts our community--the neighbors in the Summit, the city of Columbia, Richland & Lexington counties, and our Army family. I ask that our communities and leaders exercise a degree of patience, affording Sheriff Lott and law enforcement investigators to account for the full measure of events before, during, and after the incident that was recorded."
The U.S.Department of Justice is also looking into the incident, according to the statement."I remain deeply concerned for the members of our Army family, the young man and his family, and the tensions that activities like this amplify over time; please be patient as facts are determined," Beagle added.
Original story (April 14, 2021): Jonathan Pentland, a U.S. Army sergeant first class, is being investigated after he was seen pushing, threatening and yelling at a young Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood. Officials launched an investigation after a video of the incident surfaced on Facebook on Monday, Heavy reported. Social media users contributed to the investigation by identifying the sergeant on Tuesday.
According to the now-deleted photos on his unit’s Facebook page, the 42-year-old is based at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
"Fort Jackson officials are aware of the video and it has our full attention," Leslie Ann Sully, Fort Jackson media relations officer, said in a statement to Blavity. "This type of behavior is not consistent with our Army Values and will not be condoned. We have begun our own investigation and are working with the local authorities."