Fort Jackson’s Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr. introduced Friday that the Military would enable civilian authorities to deal with the investigation right into a drill sergeant accused of straightforward assault in opposition to a younger Black man throughout an altercation outdoors his South Carolina house.
“I’ve the utmost confidence in our civilian prison system and belief that it’ll attain a good and simply decision of this case,” Beagle mentioned in an announcement. “I don’t need to take any actions now that might intervene with the truthful decision of civilian prison prices.”
Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Pentland was charged with third-degree assault after a viral video confirmed him shove and repeatedly inform an area man, recognized publicly solely by his first title, Deandre, to “stroll away.”
After the native sheriff introduced prices in opposition to Pentland, Black Lives Matter protesters swarmed his home in suburban Columbia, vandalizing it and prompting deputies to escort him and his household to Fort Jackson for his or her security.
Incident stories indicated that Deandre had additionally been suspected of a misdemeanor assault for allegedly touching a lady’s waist with out her permission and choosing up another person’s child repeatedly.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott, nevertheless, mentioned these claims wouldn’t be prosecuted and that no actions Deandre took earlier than his encounter with Pentland warranted the soldier’s response.
Neither Pentland nor Deandre have responded to a number of Fox Information requests for remark.
Pentland faces a most penalty of a $500 wonderful and 30 days in jail on the misdemeanor assault cost. He was additionally charged with allegedly damaging Deandre’s cellphone.
The Military suspended Pentland from his instruction duties and mentioned he stays “in an administrative capability” pending the result of the prison course of.
Beagle additionally weighed in on one other viral video within the space, which confirmed a former Military drill sergeant shouting profanities and criticizing Black Lives Matter at a Meals Lion in Sumter after a clerk refused to promote the 27-year-old and his spouse alcohol.
Beagle mentioned the person had been discharged in 2020 however was addressing the incident anyway as a result of he had previous ties to Fort Jackson.
“For the incident in Sumter, S.C., I’ve no jurisdiction, but stay equally assured that our civilian system will apply due course of because the case is reviewed and dealt with by officers in Sumter County,” he mentioned.
“Your Military leaders is not going to enable the actions of some to tarnish the repute and selfless service of your Military’s most valuable useful resource — women and men who’ve volunteered to serve honorably –nor to take away the highlight from the members of our squad who’re residing the Military values,” Beagle added. “The Military Values are what we’ll dwell by.”