Video of Army Sergeant Jonathan Pentland Harassing Black Teen in Neighborhood Viewed Over 4 Million Times

The video of U.S. Army Sergeant Jonathan Pentland harassing a Black teen in a South Carolina neighborhood has been viewed more than 4 million times across social media.

One account that posted the video to Twitter has received at least 4.8 million views as of Thursday morning, while the same video posted to Twitter by a separate account had received over 211,000 views.

Twitter, I’m told this super douche lives in The Summit in Columbia, South Carolina. If you recognize him, please DM me — I want to make sure the name I have is accurate before I blast it all over social media. pic.twitter.com/LYAVzL2FaE

— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) April 13, 2021

The video was originally posted to Facebook by Shirrell Johnson, and Newsweek previously reported that her video had been viewed more than 2 million times. As of Thursday morning, Newsweek was unable to determine the exact number of views the video on Facebook had received but discovered it was liked by at least 11,000 users and shared more than 30,000 times.

The video shows Pentland, a 42-year-old U.S. Army sergeant first class stationed at Fort Jackson, yelling and threatening a Black teen to leave the neighborhood. At one point in the video, Pentland can be seen aggressively pushing the youth.

"There was also another instance of Pentland pushing the victim after the video ended and he knocked the victim's phone from his hand after the victim began taking pictures of his home," the Richland County Sheriff's Office wrote in a statement sent to Newsweek.

Pentland was identified as the man in the video by the Richland County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina and was charged with third-degree assault and battery on Wednesday, according to a statement sent to Newsweek.

While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott confirmed that Pentland had been arrested and said, "The first time I saw the video, it was terrible. It was unnecessary...We're not going to let people be bullies in our community."

"We are aware of the disturbing video and have taken this incident seriously," the Richland County Sheriff's Office wrote in a tweet on Wednesday.

Jonathan Pentland
Army Sergeant Jonathan Pentland, seen shoving a Black man in a viral video, has been charged with third-degree assault. Richland County Sheriff's Office/Richland County Sheriff's Office

Shortly after the video was posted across social media, Fort Jackson issued a statement on its Facebook page, announcing that it has opened an investigation into the incident.

"Fort Jackson officials are aware of the video taken in the Summit and it has our full attention. This type of behavior is not consistent with our Army Values and will not be condoned," the statement said.

Fort Jackson Commander Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jr. issued a statement late Wednesday night, saying, "This action deeply impacts our community—the neighbors in the Summit, the city of Columbia, Richland & Lexington counties, and our Army family."

"The soldier in the video is stationed at Fort Jackson and Richland County Sheriff's Department have confirmed that he has been charged. The U.S. Department of Justice is also looking into the incident," the statement, posted to Facebook, added.

Beagle's statement also urged community members to be patient after there were reports of protests and vandalism outside Pentland's house following the incident.

Newsweek reached out to Fort Jackson for further comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.