Sunday, 18 April 2021

Maskless BLM protester says he is 'sick' and 'dying' from COVID-19 at a rally outside the home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant, 42, who 'assaulted' a mentally ill black man

 A maskless Black Lives Matter protester and Air Force veteran was captured on video saying he was 'sick' and 'dying' from COVID-19 at a rally outside the home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant Jonathan Pentland. 

Shea Harley took off his mask as he shouted that Pentland had violated the oath he took when joining the armed forces to 'have excellence in all that you do' during a protest at Barony Place in the Summit neighborhood of Richland County in South Carolina on Wednesday. 

In the footage shared on social media by The State photojournalist Joshua Boucher Wednesday, Harley then says he has COVID-19, prompting others to back away.  


Demonstrations have been held outside Pentland's home this week after video surfaced online showing the 42-year-old father of two shoving a young black man walking past his house and telling him: 'You came to the wrong neighborhood motherf****r.' 

Pentland was charged with third degree assault and battery Wednesday and has also been suspended from his duties as an instructor at nearby Fort Jackson.  

The victim - identified only as Deandre on social media - has been committed to a facility for mental illness in the wake of the incident, Dailymail.com learned Friday.   

A maskless Black Lives Matter protester and Air Force veteran was captured on video saying he was 'sick' and 'dying' from COVID-19 at a rally outside the home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant Jonathan Pentland

A maskless Black Lives Matter protester and Air Force veteran was captured on video saying he was 'sick' and 'dying' from COVID-19 at a rally outside the home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant Jonathan Pentland

Demonstrations have been held outside Pentland's home this week after video (still above) surfaced online showing the 42-year-old father of two shoving a young black man walking past his house and telling him: 'You came to the wrong neighborhood motherf****r'

Demonstrations have been held outside Pentland's home this week after video (still above) surfaced online showing the 42-year-old father of two shoving a young black man walking past his house and telling him: 'You came to the wrong neighborhood motherf****r' 

Shea Harley (pictured) took off his mask as he shouted that Pentland had violated the oath he took when joining the armed forces to 'have excellence in all that you do'

Shea Harley (pictured) took off his mask as he shouted that Pentland had violated the oath he took when joining the armed forces to 'have excellence in all that you do'

Harley is seen standing at the end of Pentland's driveway, dressed in a Black Lives Matter t-shirt and a black face mask, as he begins his speech slamming the Army Drill Sergeant.

'You don't deserve to serve another second in the United States Army,' Harley shouts. 'You took [an] oath.' 

At this point, Harley then pulls off his mask, as he continues: 'to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America of enemies, foreign and domestic.'

'You took an oath. You are supposed to have service before self. You are supposed to defend this country,' he says, as other protesters nearby cheer. 


'You are supposed to have excellence in all that you do.' 

Harley then makes the shock announcement that he is 'sick' with COVID-19.

'And I am here today to let you know I came from my home. I am dying. I have COVID. And I'm sick,' he says.  

There is some distance between Harley and the other protesters but his announcement prompts a woman nearby to instantly back away from him as the video ends. 

Harley later addressed the incident on his Twitter page apologizing for breaking quarantine to go to the protest. 

'I am apologizing in advance....I wasn't supposed to be out there because I was recovering from COVID-19, but I had to let Johnathan Eugene Pentland KNOW!!!' he tweeted in a post sharing the footage. 

Harley (pictured) said in the footage 'I am dying. I have COVID. And I'm sick'
Harley later addressed the incident on his Twitter page apologizing for breaking quarantine

Harley (pictured) said in the footage 'I am dying. I have COVID. And I'm sick'. Harley later addressed the incident on his Twitter page apologizing for breaking quarantine

Black Lives Matter protesters were seen rallying outside the South Carolina home Wednesday

Black Lives Matter protesters were seen rallying outside the South Carolina home Wednesday

A crowd of around 150 Black Lives Matter protestors rallied outside Pentland's home Wednesday night, holding signs and chanting.  

Pentland was spotted fleeing his home with his wife Cassie under the cover of darkness in footage posted to social media Thursday morning following the backlash over his alleged assault of the black man. 

A spokesperson for the Richland County Sheriff's Department told DailyMail.com Pentland was not relocated, though 'we do not know his whereabouts.' 

In the three-minute viral video, filmed on Monday, Pentland is seen aggressively accusing the young man of 'hanging around' the neighborhood for '15 minutes', and tells him the police have been called. 

The soldier asks where Deandre lives and claims he is 'harassing the neighborhood'. 

Deandre appears confused and responds that he lives in the area and 'was walking to my house'.  

The three-minute clip shows Pentland repeatedly scream at the man - identified only as Deandre - to 'go away now'
Pentland tells the young black man he must not live there because it is a 'tight-knit community'

The three-minute clip shows Pentland repeatedly scream at the man - identified only as Deandre - to 'go away now' and telling him he must not live there because it is a 'tight-knit community'

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Pentland insists Deandre must not live in the area because it is a 'tight knit community'.   

The Staff Sergeant repeatedly yells at him and gets in his face, saying: 'You're in the wrong neighborhood. I ain't playing with you. I'm about to show you what I can do.' 

He adds: 'Check it out, you can either walk away or I'm going to carry your a*s out.' 

At one point Pentland pushes Deandre, causing him to almost fall to the ground.

Pentland (in mug) was charged with third degree assault and battery Wednesday

Pentland (in mug) was charged with third degree assault and battery Wednesday

Cassie Pentland, the sergeant's wife, can also be heard shouting at the black man in the video and telling him police have already been called when he tells them to alert authorities.

In fact, Deandre does appear to have a close relative who lives just a 10-minute walk from the scene of the confrontation.  

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Wednesday Pentland had been charged with third-degree assault.

'The first time I saw the video it was terrible. It was unnecessary,' he said.  

Pentland faces 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if found guilty. 

He was detained at the Richland County Jail and issued a personal recognizance bond, according to online jail records. 

He was originally handed a citation for malicious injury to property for slapping Deandre's phone out of his hand and cracking it, according to reports. 

The victim has not named the victim and is not facing charges, Lott said. 

Pentland was seen fleeing his home in the early hours of Thursday, after BLM protest outside

Pentland was seen fleeing his home in the early hours of Thursday, after BLM protest outside

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He added the man had been involved in other incidents in the neighborhood leading up to the video, but 'none of them justified the assault that occurred'.  

A law enforcement source told Dailymail.com revealed Friday that Deandre was facing charges of trespass and animal cruelty from separate incidents but has now been determined mentally incapable of standing trial. 

The source said the young man is mentally unwell and has entered a facility in the days following the alleged assault.  

Meanwhile, army officials have also condemned Pentland's racially-charged behavior.   

Brigadier General Milford Beagle Jnr, commander of Fort Jackson, said: 'Soldier conduct on and off duty must be exemplary to retain the trust of our communities and our nation.'  

Pentland has been suspended from his drill instructor role pending the outcome of the Department of Justice assault charge.   

Pentland pictured in uniform. He is a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson in South Carolina

Pentland pictured in uniform. He is a drill sergeant at Fort Jackson in South Carolina

Cassie Pentland, his wife, can also be heard shouting at the black man and telling him police have already been called when he tells them to alert authorities

 Cassie Pentland, his wife, can also be heard shouting at the black man and telling him police have already been called when he tells them to alert authorities

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