A South Carolina man reported to be U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jonathan Pentland was seen on video pushing a Black man and telling him he is in the “wrong neighborhood.”
In the shocking clip taken by a woman named Shadae and posted by Facebook user Shirell Johnson, a Black man identified as Deandre, who Shirell says lives in the neighborhood, appears to get into an argument with a young female resident who he says “ran up on me.”
The army sergeant’s wife — reportedly identified as Cassie Pentland — appears to get involved, and then Jonathan himself.
In the video, Jonathan repeatedly demands that Deandre leave the neighborhood and accuses him of “aggressing” residents.
When Deandre appears to walk around Jonathan, Jonathan pushes him.
“You need to walk away or I’m [going to] carry your ass out of here,” he said, later adding, “You’re in the wrong neighborhood -----------. Get out!”
Jonathan and his wife also appear to question whether Deandre is actually a resident of the area.
In an update posted Tuesday, Shirell says both Deandre and Shadae “are doing ok but still processing.”
The Facebook user — who did not know Deandre or Shadae prior to the incident — also alleges that Jonathan slapped Deandre’s hand, causing his phone to fall and crack.
While Shirell says they later told authorities that Deandre was assaulted, an officer said his supervisor could only charge Jonathan with malicious injury to property but not assault.
After Jonathan was reportedly identified on Tuesday, an overwhelming number of social media users tweeted at аccounts аssociаted with Fort Jаckson, where Jonathan is reportedly based.
In response to one tweet, Fort Jackson Commanding General Milford Beagle Jr. wrote, “This is by no means condoned by any service member. We will get to the bottom of this ASAP.”
Beagle also wrote on Facebook Wednesday that Fort Jackson officials are aware of the video and have launched an investigation.
“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,” Beagle said.
Additionally, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday on Twitter that Sheriff Leon Lott “will meet with elected officials and reps of various organizations today to discuss the Summit incident. We are aware of the disturbing video and have taken this incident seriously. After the meeting, more information will be released publicly.”