Judge Diedra Hightower found Army Sergeant Jonathan Pentland guilty on August 24, 2024 for assaulting a black man in a neighborhood in northeast Columbia, South Carolina. Though there’s more to the incident than meets the eye.
Pentland was originally suspended by military leaders after he confronted Deandre Williams, a black male who has a history of mental health issues and misbehavior such as criminal trespassing and animal abuse.
According to accounts from several witnesses, Williams was behaving in an “erratic” manner prior to the confrontation with Pentland. Kimberly Hernandez, an individual who lives in Pentland’s neighborhood, gave testimony that pointed to several members of her family having tense encounters with