A U.S. Military sergeant seen in viral video shoving and intimidating a Black man on a South Carolina suburban road was suspended Thursday.
Jonathan Pentland had already been charged with third-degree assault within the incident, wherein he confronted the pedestrian close to his South Carolina residence for being “within the mistaken neighborhood,” shoved him and threatened him. “I ain’t taking part in with you … I’m about to indicate you what I can do,” stated Pentland, who towered over the person.
Pentland’s base at Fort Jackson introduced his suspension from “instructor duties,” pending an investigation and the result of his legal case.
“Soldier conduct on and off obligation must be exemplary to retain the belief of our communities and our nation,” the Fort Jackson commander, Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr., stated in a tweet.
Within the video, Pentland tells the person he’s “harassing the neighborhood.” Pentland’s spouse accuses the person of choosing a battle with a “random” girl.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott stated the person had been concerned in incidents within the Columbia-area neighborhood just lately, however “none of them justified the assault that occurred.”
“The younger man was a sufferer,” Lott stated. “The person we arrested was the aggressor.”
Protesters gathered in entrance of Pentland’s residence on Wednesday.
Police moved Pentland and his household out of the home when it was vandalized hours after the assault cost, The State reported. Nobody was arrested.
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