A U.S. soldier has been charged with assault after a video circulated online showing him yelling at, threatening and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood, reports NBC News.
The soldier, who was identified as Jonathan Pentland, was charged with third-degree assault and battery in the April 8 incident, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters Wednesday. Pentland is stationed at Fort Jackson, about 10 miles east of Columbia, the base confirmed Wednesday.
“We’re not going to let people be bullies in our community, and if you are, then you’re going to answer for it,” Lott said.
Pentland was charged because he “put his hands on somebody,” Lott said. Lott did not identify the Black man in the video, whom he repeatedly described as a victim in the case.
The Justice Department is investigating, and the Army is cooperating, said Fort Jackson’s commander, Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr.
“The leaders at Fort Jackson in no way condone the behavior depicted in the video posted recently,” Beagle said. “This action deeply impacts our community — the neighbors in the Summit, the city of Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties, and our Army family.”