Following his arrest and assault charge, the former Army Sgt. identified as Jonathan Perry has been suspended after the incident was brought to his superiors' attention.
Read on for all the details.
It's safe to say that tensions between the Black community and law enforcement have been high in recent years.
The Black Lives Matter movement came as a response to the killing of an unarmed Black man by police officers which became almost an epidemic - and was hugely frightening.
But it's really representative of a much larger issue of racism in the USA.
It seems clear that the difference of experience of day-to-day life between a Black and a white citizen of the USA poses a huge ideological and social problem to the country.
But, recently, the internet witnessed something truly harrowing.
A U.S. Army sergeant saw a Black man he didn't recognize walking through his neighborhood and decided it warranted assault...
And people are understandably horrified by the video.
The fact that he remained so calm as an act of survival even after this piece of shit put hands on him boils my blood.— Blocka Khan (@Starr_Rocque) April 14, 2021
I don't care if #JonathanPentland feels unsafe in his home. Shouldn't have been a racist bully, bro.— 🐝Vote like Black women👏🏿 she/her🐝 #KHIVE (@LeciaMichelle11) April 16, 2021
Racist Army sergeant Jonathan Pentland brings me back to Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was the self appointed neighborhood protector with a gun and Martin was guilty of walking while black.— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) April 15, 2021
IDGAF what he does for a living, Jonathan Pentland is a racist piece of shit.— J_Fran29 (@J_Fran29) April 15, 2021
Not only should he be dishonorably discharged for this, but he should be barred from joining any law enforcement agency as well. Can you imagine this guy as a police officer? I can, and it doesn’t end well.— Kyle Hammes (@hammes_k) April 14, 2021
Army Sergeant Jonathan Pentland is a prime example of the White Supremacists in our Military that Secretary of Defense Lord Austin wants to get rid of.— Ronnie Price (@redwardprice719) April 14, 2021
Forty-two-year-old Jonathan Pentland was recorded aggressively confronting the man known as Deandre...
#JonathanPentland wife can be heard saying "we'll see how this turns out" in one video, the Pentlands have been forced out of their home, their phone is cut off & social media blanked & he's been arrested and charged with offences including assault, so it's going very well 3/4 pic.twitter.com/H1YB4oDvCi— Stuart Gavin (@eqthedice) April 15, 2021
Forcefully shoving him around the street on Monday evening saying "You're in the wrong neighborhood, motherf***er!"
Deandre remained calm and said he lived around the area...
Literally just walking through the suburb of Summit.
Although Pentland didn't accept that as an answer...
Accusing him of loitering around their home for fifteen minutes.
That's when things took a turn for the worst...
The Richland County Sheriff's Office says calls came in describing an altercation going down. They were initially told that Deandre was walking around the area suspiciously...
Eventually, they say neighbors asked Pentland to step in.
After the clip went viral, police say they passed their findings to a judge, who decided to bring Pentland in on an arrest warrant.
The Sheriff's Office also says this of the victim:
He apparently has an underlying medical condition and the authorities are working to get him the help he needs.
Pentland ended up getting arrested early Wednesday morning over the altercation.
Fort Jackson officials also commented on the viral video saying the following: "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."
Since the video went viral, other videos have surfaced showing BLM protesters stood outside Pentland's house telling him to come outside.
Hundreds of people turned out in order to defend the victim.
"I'm on your yard!" One woman yelled directly at the house...
"We just want to talk, we want to understand some things, that's it," she shouted in the video, as those around her said, "No justice, no peace!"
"What you gonna do? You gonna stay in here every day?" she shouted.
Other clips show dozens more protestors surrounding his house later that day.
Sheriff Leon Lott later admitted that Deandre had been involved in other incidents in the neighborhood just days prior to the video...
But said, "none of them justified the assault that occurred."
He didn't go into detail about the incidents Deandre was allegedly involved in...
"The first time I saw the video, it was terrible. It was unnecessary," Lott concluded.
And now it has been announced that Pentland has been charged with 3rd-degree assault.
And as the video and outcome of the arrest reached his superiors at Fort Jackson, they have decided to formally suspend him.
Commander Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle, Jr. said this:
Brigadier General Milford “Beags” Beagle Jr. is the CO of his base. pic.twitter.com/ppE6jTsBUE— terry (@terrybones) April 14, 2021
"Soldier conduct on and off duty must be exemplary to retain the trust of our communities and our nation."
As an update on the unfortunate incident that brought disrespect to @fortjackson our Army and the trust with the public we serve, please see below. 👇🏾 I will be transparent in the future with shareable information. The subject in this case was arrested. @PaulFunk2 @TradocDCG pic.twitter.com/prihGao1Nv— Fort Jackson Commanding General (@fortjacksoncg) April 14, 2021
"Fort Jackson continues to work with and support Sheriff Lott, our local law enforcement professionals, and community & civil leadership as this case moves forward."
Pentland faces up to thirty days in jail and a $500 fine if he's found guilty.
Walking while black.— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) April 14, 2021
The kind of hate that our black skin attracts is absolutely ridiculous. There are so many #jonathanpentland’s in positions of power who abuse their authority and engage in white supremacy activities, just like this.
Watch the video of the initial altercation above.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.