BLM protester exaggerated claims he was 'dying' while protesting

Maskless BLM protester who screamed he was ‘sick’ and ‘dying’ from COVID admits he was ‘just exaggerating’ while demonstrating at the home of Army drill sergeant who assaulted mentally ill black man

  • Footage shared on social media shows Shea Harley speaking at a protest outside the home in the Summit neighborhood in South Carolina Wednesday
  • Air Force Veteran Harley is seen taking off his mask as he shouts that Jonathan Pentland, 42, has violated the oath he took when joining the armed forces 
  • Harley then says he has COVID-19, prompting other protesters to back away
  • He told DailyMail.com that even though he said he was ‘dying,’ what he meant was that he was feeling ‘faint’ and ‘out of breath’ 
  • Demonstrations have been held outside Pentland’s home this week after video surfaced online showing him shoving a young black man walking past his house
  • Pentland aggressively confronted the man – named only as Deandre – and told him: ‘You came to the wrong neighborhood motherf****r’ 
  • Pentland was charged with third degree assault and battery and has been suspended from his duties as an instructor at nearby Fort Jackson

The maskless Black Lives Matter protester and Air Force veteran who was filmed claiming that he was ‘sick’ and ‘dying’ of COVID-19 while protesting outside the home of disgraced Army Drill Sergeant Jonathan Pentland says he was exaggerating.

Shea Harley was seen on Wednesday taking 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 said he has COVID-19 and was dying, prompting others to back away.  

Shea Harley, a US Air Force veteran and Richland County, South Carolina-based media personality, admitted on Sunday that he was exaggerating when he said he was ‘dying’ of COVID-19 while protesting near the home of US Army Drill Sergeant Jonathan Pentland on Wednesday

Harley was seen while maskless 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’ 

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, a self-described local media personality who has run for office in Richland County, told DailyMail.com on Sunday that ‘it wasn’t a good idea’ to take part in the demonstration after he claimed to have tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

He said that despite feeling ill, he was compelled to take part in the protest because: ‘It was just me feeling frustrated with what’s going on with our country.’ 

Harley said that when he claimed he was ‘dying,’ he didn’t mean it literally. Instead, he was describing an overall feeling of not being well after he contracted the illness a second time.

‘I said at the time that I felt like I was dying,’ he told DailyMail.com. 

‘COVID is nothing to play with. I was faint, I was out of breath, my energy was leaving me. 

‘I thought I was dizzy when I got in the car. It was a bad idea to go because I was not feeling well. 

‘But when you have adrenaline go through you you can do something. When that adrenaline dies off that’s the worst decision you can make in your life.’ 

Demonstrations have been held outside Pentland’s home this week after video surfaced online showing Pentalnd, 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.   

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

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

In an interview with DailyMail.com, Harley said he was careful to let the people around him know that he was ill. He even refused to use a bullhorn so as not to spray his germs on it. 

‘It wasn’t the brightest thing to do,’ he said of his decision to demonstrate while ill.

But recent headlines about black men being shot by police left him with no choice, he said. 

‘I’m so frustrated,’ he said. ‘I’ve had enough with what’s going on with black and white people

‘I ask the million-dollar question: Why do white people hate black people? Why do white people have so much anger and disdain toward black people?’ 

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’ and telling him he must not live there because it is a ‘tight-knit community’

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

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

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

 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

A transcription of the incident between the Fort Jackson Drill Instructor, his wife and the young black man

Jonathan Pentland (JP): Go away.

Deandre (D): Call the police.

Cassie Pentland (CP): Hey they have already been called…

D: I’m getting in fights with who?

CP: Maybe you should hang out a little longer and we will see how it goes and then we won’t have to get the report by ourselves.

JP: ‘What is it that you are doing here?’

D: Walking. 

JP & CP: Then walk!  

D: That’s what I was doing from my house. 

CP: Well you have been out here for 15 minutes. 

JP: Let’s go walk away. 

CP: Keep walking. 

D: I am walking. 

JP: Walk away right now. You need help? 

D: You got this on camera? 

JP: I am happy to help you.

D: You just hit me…

JP: I didn’t hit you. 

D: You just pushed me sir. 

JP: There is a difference between pushing you and…

CP: Pretty sure you were the aggressor buddy. 

D: How was I the aggressor when someone came running out the house? 

JP: You better walk away. You are talking to my wife right now. 

D: That is your wife? I didn’t do nothing to your wife but speak.

CP: Walk away 

JP: Check it out you can either walk away or I am going to carry your a*s out. 

D: Dude if you touch me. Do not touch me. 

JP: What are you going to do?

D: I am not arguing with you. You are up on me. 

JP: Let’s go 

D: I’m not talking to you. I didn’t do anything. 

JP: I’m about to do something to you.

D: I didn’t do anything to her and I didn’t do anything to her. 

JP: You better start walking right now. 

D: So when you come to me like that, you the one in the wrong  

JP: You’re in the wrong neighborhood motherf****r. Get out. 

D: I live here 

JP: Where? Where is your house? What’s your address?

CP: Maybe we should walk you home. 

D: You want to walk me home?

JP: You want to bet what I can do?

D: I live here.

JP: Ok but right now you are harassing the neighborhood. 

D: I’m not harassing the neighborhood I live here. 

CP: WHere?

JP: Check it out we are a tight knit community we take care of each other. 

D: How long have you lived here?

JP: A hell of a lot longer than your a*s because I have never seen you before in my life 

D: How long have you been living here?

JP: Why does that even matter to you? 

CP: Thats none of your business! 

D: How long have you been living here?

JP: You know what get the hell out of my face! 

D: You walked up to me. 

JP: Get out of my face! Check it out motherfucker, I’m not playing with you. You need to get your a*s moving or I’m going to move you. 

D: You smell drunk.

JP: You wanna bet.

D: You are drunk.

JP: I’m about to show you what I can do. Walk away. Walk away. Walk away. 

D: I’m walking but you keep following me sir. 

JP: There is only one way out of here and it is right over there. 

D: There are multiple ways out of here. 

JP: You wanna bet. Then walk away. 

D: I’ve been here before this whole subdivision was even built. 

JP: Yeah obviously you have been harassing us for a while now. 

D: Nobody knows you sir, I don’t even know your name.

JP: Well get to know me because this is who I am…

D: Who are you?

JP: It doesn’t matter.

D: What’s your name?

CP: You don’t need to know his name. Get out of here!

D: Are you an officer of the law? 

JP: I’m about to throw you out… You wanna bet. I can do a hell of a lot more than you think I can? 

CP: Sir you are acting like a child. Move on. You picked a fight with some random young lady and she is one of our neighbors.

D: I don’t even know who she is…

CP: Get out of here.

JP: Then walk! 

D: Nobody picked a fight when someone ran up on me…

CP: All I heard was you fighting and her defending herself.

D: Fighting what?

One of the black women: Hey what’s your name. You don’t want no trouble. 

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