According to social media accounts connected to Pentland, he has been stationed at Fort Jackson since 2019 and has worked as a drill sergeant at the garrison – a 53,000-acre complex that trains 50 per cent of all soldiers and 60 per cent of women who enter the Army each year.
Asked on Twitter for his response to the video, Fort Jackson Commanding Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. said the sergeant’s behaviour was “by no means condoned by any service member.”
“We will get to the bottom of this ASAP,” he added.
As an update on the unfortunate incident that brought disrespect to @fortjackson our Army and the trust with the pu… https://t.co/x0ceqgs2CP
— MG Milford H. Beagle, Jr. (@MG Milford H. Beagle, Jr.)
During a news conference on Wednesday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the victim in the video was not aged under-18 but declined to release his name.
Lott said that man had been involved in other incidents in the neighborhood in the days leading up to the video but said that “none of them justified the assault that occurred.”
If Pentland is convicted, he faces up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
A mugshot of Jonathan Pentland
State Senator Mia McLeod, who represents the area, told the Senate floor on Wednesday that she had spent much of the previous day in discussions over the incident and planned to meet with the sheriff later in the day.
“My sons have a freaking right to live,” said McLeod, who is Black.
“Another unarmed Black man could be dead today because he was walking in a neighborhood that, I am told, is adjacent to his, doing absolutely nothing.”