The Twitter FBI is at it once more. An Military sergeant has gone viral after Twitter customers recognized him because the racist threatening and harassing a Black man who was strolling in his personal neighborhood. Customers recognized 42-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Pentland, who is predicated in Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, because the racist in query after one account posted a video of a white man harassing a younger Black man unprovoked.
“Twitter, I’m instructed this tremendous douche lives in The Summit in Columbia, South Carolina. When you acknowledge him, please DM me — I need to make certain the identify I’ve is correct earlier than I blast it throughout social media,” Twitter person @Angry_Staffer posted alongside the video.
The brief video depicts Pentland confronting a Black man recognized as Deandre for merely strolling down the road. Deandre stays calm all through the video as Pentland may be heard yelling at him to go away and threatening him bodily. Regardless of Deandre explaining that he lives within the space, Pentland will get bodily and shoves Deandre. “You possibly can stroll away or I’m going to hold your ass out of right here,” Pentland stated.
At one level Pentland’s spouse even chimes in, calling Deandre the “aggressor,” claiming that he spent “quarter-hour” standing as a substitute of strolling as he stated he was. She accused him of “appearing like a youngster” and choosing a combat with neighbors. Deandre may be heard explaining that he did no such factor. Pentland’s violence continues with him threatening Deandre: “You’re within the unsuitable neighborhood, motherfucker.” He continues to harass Deandre for his tackle, and the video ends with Pentland inching in the direction of Deandre’s face, saying, “Get the hell out of my face.” It’s clear the violence continued despite the fact that the video ended. Bystanders then allegedly intervened.
The video was shared on Fb by a lady named Shirell Johnson, who stated her buddy had recorded the incident whereas strolling within the neighborhood and requested her to publish it. Johnson shared an replace on Fb that the police have been ultimately referred to as and famous that regardless of the a number of witnesses and video proof of Pentland’s conduct, the officer instructed her “that he might solely cost the white man with malicious harm to property and never assault!”
“She noticed the younger man in misery and knew he didn’t do something unsuitable so she began videoing for his security! (Good woman❤️). She despatched me the video final evening and I obtained the okay to publish it,” Johnson wrote on Facebook Tuesday. “I’ve been in touch with each D (as I name him now) to verify on him and the younger woman Shadae who did the video. Each are doing okay however nonetheless processing. Final evening all of us bonded bc we observed a younger man in misery and he occurred to be black!” The ladies didn’t know Deandre beforehand.
Johnson added, “Vinnetta and I solely needed to get D to security bc the state of affairs was getting uncontrolled and that white man was very offended and yelling at him overpowering him. We circled again to get him out of that state of affairs bc we refused to see D go to jail or mendacity there lifeless merely bc he was black. The one factor he did was be black whereas strolling!!!”
The lady who filmed the video, Shadae McCallum, additionally posted the video to Twitter and defined the occasions main as much as the incident in a thread. In a tweet she famous that after her recording, Pentland stepped on Deandre’s cellphone. “There was additionally a component that I didn’t file of the taller man slapping the cellphone out of Deandre’s palms and stepping on it. The taller man additionally pushed Deandre a number of occasions off digital camera.” She added that whereas she is grateful “Deandre was capable of make it residence safely, this case was surreal.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, McCallum shared one other replace: “Deandre is okay, simply shaken up and overwhelmed.”
Residents of the town have reached out to the Richland County Sheriff’s Division asking why costs weren’t filed. The department’s Facebook page has a number of feedback noting the disturbing incident, together with one which stated: “Why was Jonathan Pentland solely issued a quotation for property injury when he’s on video clearly assaulting a younger man and there have been a number of witnesses stating they noticed the assault? Who was the RCSD supervisor who issued the directive to not proceed with assault costs? Why have been the correct costs not filed? Is that this the narrative that RCSD desires to support-that a stranger can stroll as much as you throughout your afternoon stroll and assault you with no penalties?”
On Wednesday, the Richland County Sheriff’s Division issued a statement on Twitter noting division officers would meet “with elected officers and reps of varied organizations at the moment to debate the Summit incident.” Moreover, the division famous that they’re conscious of the “disturbing video” and that the incident can be taken significantly.
Police officers weren’t the one ones Twitter customers and neighborhood members referred to as out to regarding the incident. After figuring out the person as an Military sergeant, the Twitter person @Angry_Staffer, whose publish went viral, tagged Fort Jackson officers asking for a response on their employees member’s conduct. To this, Pentland’s commanding officer responded that the incident can be appeared into as quickly as potential.
Because it was shared yesterday, the incident’s footage has been seen greater than 1.3 million on Twitter alone. Customers have shared photographs of each Pentland and his spouse and referred to as for justice.