The family of an Army drill sergeant has been moved out of their Summit, South Carolina home after protesters gathered outside it avenging the racist assault of a Black man.
Earlier this week, a video of Johnathan Pentland went viral depicting him verbally and physically abusing a peaceful Black resident and asking him to leave the neighborhood.
Infuriated demonstrators gathered outside the 42-year-old’s residence on Wednesday chanting “no justice, no peace!” and throwing objects at it.
“The protests at the Pentland home have become violent,” the Richland County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
“The family was removed after it was vandalized. They were moved to another location and the neighborhood is being closed off except to residents. Please stay out of the area.”
Pentland has since been arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery. Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr. confirmed that the suspect was stationed at the base.
“The leaders at Fort Jackson in no way condone the behavior depicted in the video posted recently,” he added.
“This action deeply impacts our community – the neighbors in the Summit, the city of Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties, and our Army family.”