BLM protesters descend on Jonathan Pentland's home after Army sergeant 'assaulted' black man in viral video

BLM protesters descended on Jonathan Pentland's home after the Army sergeant was filmed berating and "assaulting" a black man in a viral video.

Jonathan Pentland, 42, was charged with third-degree assault and battery after the altercation in a South Carolina gated community, that was shared on Facebook, prompting the Black Lives Matter demonstration.



“I’m on your yard, bro, I'm on your territory at this point,” one woman roared outside a property believed to be his home. “Come on! We want to talk to you, we just want to talk – we want to understand some things."

"What [are] you going to do – you [are] going to stay in here every night?"

In social media footage, protesters screamed: "No justice, no peace" after Pentland was filmed telling his alleged victim: "You're in the wrong neighborhood motherf****r."

Last night, protesters yelled through megaphones for the soldier to "take ownership" of his behavior outside what is reportedly the Colombia home he shares with his wife.

Others screamed "Justice!" prompted by a man using the megaphone, while protesters were greeted by one elderly woman who said: "It's a free country: stay as long as you want to."

It wasn't clear if Pentland was at home at the time after his arrest yesterday following the video of him confronting a black man.


Sheriff Leon Lott later said the incidents the sergeant's victim had been involved in didn't warrant what occurred in the viral video, noting: "None of them justified the assault that occurred.”

In the viral video, the soldier continuously goes toe to toe with the victim, identified only as Deandre, after accusing him of "hanging around" and "harassing the neighborhood".

Pentland persists, becoming increasingly angrier despite the victim explaining he also lives in the area: "I'm about to do something to you, you better start walking," he raged.

"You’re in the wrong neighborhood, mother f****r," Pentland says. "I ain’t playing with you. … I’m about to show you what I can do."

"You smell drunk… you are drunk," Deandre says as Pentland leans over him.

"I'm not harassing anyone, I'm walking through the neighborhood. I live here," the victim continues in the video.


His wife, Cassie Pentland can also be heard shouting the man in the clip, calling him "an aggressor", before later telling him: "You are acting like a child. Move on."

As Deandre turns to talk to her, Pentland charges at him, aggressively shoving him seeing him nearly hit the floor.

"You better walk away. You are talking to my wife right now," the soldier warns. "'Check it out, you can either walk away or I am going to carry your a*s out."

The three-minute clip, which has been shared thousands of times, shows Pentland square up to Deandre before violently shoving him.

You can either walk away or I am going to carry your a*s out.

"The most vital piece of evidence we have was the video," said Sheriff Leon Lott as he announced the charges.

"The first time I saw the video, it was terrible. It was unnecessary."

Pentland was not arrested on the day of the incident, pending a proper investigation, according to Lott.

According to reports, authorities initially handed Pentland a citation for malicious injury to property for slapping the man's phone out of his hand and smashing it.

Fort Jackson Commanding General Brig. Gen. Beagle, Jr tweeted: "This is by no means condoned by any service member. We will get to the bottom of this ASAP."

A spokesperson for the base told the Daily Mail: "The soldier in the video is stationed at Fort Jackson and Richland County Sheriff's Department have confirmed that he has been charged.

"The US Department of Justice is also looking into the incident. The leaders at Fort Jackson in no way condone the behavior depicted in the video posted recently," the statement read.

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