White soldier charged with assault for shoving, berating Black man in viral video

Active-duty soldier Jonathan Pentland has been charged with third-degree assault and battery after he was seen berating and shoving a Black man in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Transcript for White soldier charged with assault for shoving, berating Black man in viral video
this photo helped bring him home coming up. The racial confrontation sparking outrage in south Carolina. A white army officer caught on camera harassing a young black man saying you're in the wrong neighborhood shoving him at one point and T.J. Holmes has details. You know how this must feel to viewers, another day, another viral video of a racially charged incident and this time you see a young black man being berated by a white man telling him, get out of this neighborhood or I will carry you out. Now, while we don't know everything that led up to the incident you're about to see on video what we do see was enough for prosecutors to say one man should face charges. Hours of peaceful protests outside the home of Jonathan Pentland turned destructive overnight. Members of the Columbia, south Carolina, community outraged over this caught on camera incident. Better walk away. Reporter: That led to the arrest of Pentland an active duty soldier. You're in the wrong neighborhood. Reporter: It happened Monday. Pentland is the man you see in the right on red, the 42-year-old stationed at nearby ft. Jackson. What are you going to do? Reporter: In the video for over two minutes Pentland is seen berating the man for walking in the neighborhood. You need to walk away or I'll carry your Out of here. Reporter: He demands to know where the young man lives. Where? Where is your house? Reporter: After repeated threats gets physical. You better walk away. You walk away. You talking to my wife right now. Reporter: Pentland is charged with assault and third degree battery and if convicted could face a $500 fine and 30 days in jail. Witnesses say police initially said they could only charge Pentland with destruction of property after swatting away the young man's cell phone but the sheriff says he acted quickly after seeing the video which has now attracted millions of views online. Hole those responsible for those accountable. We're not going to let people be bullies in our community. If you are you're going to answer for it and that's what we've done in this case. Reporter: A neighbor of Pentland's recorded that video. Just switched instantly. He was very aggressive and I knew that if something were to happen, you know, he was either going to be injured or he just wasn't going to make it out of that situation alive. Reporter: You do hear the alleged victim repeatedly attempt to dehe indicate. Call the police. Hey, they've already been called. They're just waiting. You know what, maybe you should hang on a little longer. I didn't want him to be another hashtag. We know how that goes for us, so that's what went through my mind. The sheriff is not releasing the name of the young black man in the video who he calls absolutely a victim but does acknowledge there were other incidents, eat least two others in that same neighborhood involving that young black man. But as the sheriff put it there was nothing that occurred in those incidents that justified the assault we see in the video and he left it at that. Also, guys, ft. Jackson, the commander there where that soldier is stationed did say he does not condone the behavior in the video and now the justice department is looking into the incident. Yeah, people want to know more answers. Exactly. But the sheriff was very clear about that but you also were very clear too, T.J., we don't know what happened leading up to that moment when the cameras started rolling. You wonder what happened. All we can do is wonder but have to go with what the sheriff is saying, he is saying no matter what happened and that young man is not facing charges himself. He said for sure there was nothing that took place that justified what we do see in the video. We'll have answers hopefully sooner than lateer. Thank you, T.J.

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