A US Army soldier accused of assaulting a black man outside his South Carolina home for being “in the wrong neighborhood” has been suspended by authorities at Fort Jackson.
Jonathan Pentland, 42, whose assault on the unidentified casualty Monday became a web sensation, was accused of third-degree assault and battery in the episode — which brought Black Lives Matter protesters to his doorstep.
“Pentland has been suspended from educator obligations forthcoming the fulfillment of the examination and result of the criminal accusations,” Fort Jackson officials said on Twitter.
“‘Soldier direct here and there obligation should be model to hold the trust of our communities and our country,’ said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr.,” the tweet said.
Pentland, who is white, was gotten on a cellphone video shot by an observer defying the black man and viciously pushing him.
“You’re in the wrong neighborhood motherf—er,” the brawny soldier is heard saying. “I ain’t playing with you… I’m going to show you what I can do.”
“We should go, leave,” he tells the man. “I’m going to plan something for you. You better beginning strolling at this moment.”
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said the video was “the most fundamental piece of proof.”
The recording brought Black Lives Matter protesters to the soldier’s home Wednesday.
“We simply need to talk, we need to see a few things, that is it,” a nonconformist hollered during the show. “No equity, no harmony.”