COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Residents of a Summit neighborhood are reflecting after a protest took place outside a home Wednesday in response to a confrontation between two men.
Jonathan Pentland is accused of confronting a Black man who was walking on the sidewalk outside of his home in Barony Place. He has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery.
Deputies previously shared reports that claimed to detail two incidents involving the young man in the video. Sheriff Leon Lott said those reports may be connected to what happened, but “it doesn’t justify it.” He also said other factors may be at play.
RCSD said they are still investigating those reports as of Thursday.
Wednesday, protesters gathered in the neighborhood. For hours the protest was peaceful, but by nightfall, Pentland’s home was vandalized and deputies cleared the area.
Lavonna Goodwin, who lives across the street from Pentland’s home, had a front-row seat.
Goodwin said she was thankful for the protesters because she feels they brought about change. She feels had there not been a protest, Pentland would not have been charged.
“Black people are tired of being treated wrong, not getting fair treatment,” Goodwin said. “The young man was just walking up the street and he was harassed and assaulted. Knowing if it happened the other way, one of us would be in jail. Somewhere hurt or slammed on our neck or something like that.”
Another neighbor, however, felt differently about the situation.
“Twice I asked for the sheriff department to come down here and open up the traffic lane so cars could get out and back in,” Gus Philpott said. “There were deputies up at Timber Creek Drive enjoying the shade. They said they were formulating a game plan, but I forgot to ask if yesterday was Game Day.”
Around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, RCSD cleared the protesters and shut down the neighborhood to everyone but residents.