Army Staff Sgt. arrested after video of him harassing Black man goes viral

A white U.S. Army sergeant was arrested for harassing a Black man in South Carolina Wednesday after video of the incident went viral. 

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jonathon Pentland of Fort Jackson for third-degree assault and battery. 

The video of the incident, which took place on Monday, shows Petland threatening a Black man and telling him to leave the neighborhood. 

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The Black man, who has not been identified, said he was going on a walk.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference about the incident on Wednesday.

According to WSAV, the incident happed at The Summit in Columbia and protesters gathered in the area Wednesday demanding justice. 

A Command Sergeant Major for Fort Jackson tweeted about the incident and said it is under investigation. 

 

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