The white army sergeant who was seen on video pushing a Black man for being in the “wrong neighborhood” has been arrested and charged.
On Wednesday, the Richland County Sheriff's Department announced that U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Pentland had been charged with third-degree assault and battery for an incident against a man identified on social media as Deandre.
Though authorities have not shared the identity of the alleged victim, they have confirmed he is an adult.
At a Wednesday news conference, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said his department has been working with the alleged victim's family to determine what happened prior to the recorded incident, which shows Jonathan pushing and yelling at Deandre.
Per a press release, officials were called to the scene on Sunday "at the request of a concerned citizen who reported an altercation was taking place.”
While cops were at the scene, two other people requested to file incident reports against the alleged victim regarding previous situations that occurred last week.
"Those incidents are each being investigated independently. The victim has an underlying medical condition that may explain the behavior exhibited in the alleged incidents,” the press release said. “RCSD is actively working to get him the help that he needs in an attempt to divert him from the criminal justice system."
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that Deandre was being accused of going around and approaching different neighbors in what officials are describing as a threatening manner.
As seen in the video taken by a female witness named Shadae, Deandre was accused of getting into some kind of altercation with a young lady, who Deandre says “ran up on me.”
Jonathan’s wife appears to get involved, and then Jonathan himself.
In the clip, 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!”
Facebook user and witness Shirell Johnson also alleges that Jonathan slapped Deandre’s hand, causing his phone to fall and crack. However, this alleged event does not appear to have been captured by video.
Although Johnson said Deandre lives in the area, TMZ reports that this has yet to be verified.
Ultimately, Lott says Pentland was charged due to "the fact that he touched somebody."
If convicted as charged, Pentland faces up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.
It is not clear if Pentland has entered a plea at this time. Per People, an attorney for Pentland could not be immediately identified to comment on his behalf.