Columbia, SC

Racist white man who shoved young black man for being in the “wrong neighborhood” ID’d as hight-ranking active soldier

Jano le Roux

Jonathan Pentland, a high-ranking sergeant of the US Army and the father of two, is said to be the South Carolina soldier who was captured in a video shooting and threatened a young Black person for being in the “wrong neighborhood.”

Source: Photo provided by the US Army

The cell phone video has been used since then showing the heated altercation in a Columbia suburb named The Lakes at Barony Place between Pentland and the unnamed victim.

It reveals Pentland, who is white, asks the victim to leave the place, says “you are in the wrong neighborhood, Mother,” and then physical assault is attacking him.

“You either walk away or I’m going to carry your ass out of here,” Pentland warns the black man. “I ain’t playing with you! I’m about to show you what I can do.”

The 3-minute recording shows little about the disturbance.

Initially, Pentland was quoted for maliciously injuring goods, which reportedly slaps the man’s phone and shatters it.

He was nevertheless detained on Wednesday and charged with assault in the third degree.

The victims were claimed to be not a minor victim but refused to recognize him.

The 42-year-old is based in Fort Jackson, Columbia’s largest military training base.

In April 2020, Pentland was elevated to first-class sergeant and senior uncommanded post. According to the Facebook accounts quoted by, Pantland even served as a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson until their downfall.

He also stationed in Fort Drum in New York and, according to his Facebook profile, was a member of the I Brigade Combat Team, the 10th Mountain Division.

On Wednesday, the division posted a statement on a picture in a military garb of Pentland from 2017 stating: “There is no place in the Army for extremist ideologies. We support the decision of the Fort Jackson Commanding General to look into this matter. This image will remain viewable to foster dialogue.”

A tenure at 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado included also in Pentland’s Military Resume.

According to an online article that year, Pentland married Cassie Dalrymple in 2006.

In a now-viral post, Cassie calls the victim an “aggressor” and accuses him of choosing “a struggle with a random young woman.”

The pair had a young son and daughter on Pentland’s Facebook profile, which has been since removed.

They own a house at The Lakes, subdivision Barony Place, where the meeting took place.

Dozens of people from Black Lives Matter protested Wednesday night in front of Pentland’s home.

The event is being investigated by the US Justice Department, Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr., Commander of Fort Jackson, said in a tweet.

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