A soldier has been arrested and charged after video confirmed a Black man being accosted for being within the “mistaken neighbourhood.”
Jonathan Pentland, 42, was captured on digital camera confronting the younger man and shoving him on the road in Summit, South Carolina.
Now Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says Sergeant Pentland, who’s stationed at Fort Jackson, has been charged with third-degree assault and battery over the Monday incident.
The costs reportedly carry a most penalty of a $500 fantastic or 30 days in jail.
Within the video the US Military soldier asks the younger man what he’s doing within the neighbourhood, and he replies that he’s taking a stroll.
Mr Pentland then instructed the person “you’re within the mistaken neighborhood,” earlier than swearing at him and and telling him to “get out.”
The person instructed him that he lived there, however the video confirmed that he was then shoved by the soldier, who threatened to get extra bodily with him.
Mr Pentland then claimed that the person was “harassing the neighborhood,” which he instructed him was “tight knit.”
Officers at Fort Jackson have confirmed they’ve launched their very own investigation into the incident and that the Justice Division was additionally wanting into it.
Fort Jackson Commander Brigadier Normal Milford Beagle Jr, mentioned that navy leaders didn’t condone the behaviour seen within the video.
“I stay deeply involved for the members of our Military household, the younger man and his household, and the tensions that actions like this amplify over time,” he mentioned in an announcement.