The 11-year-old black girl is attacked while collecting the grandmother’s mail as a white woman accused of theft
A woman in South Carolina has been charged with the third-degree assault and battery of an 11-year-old girl who falsely accused her of stealing mail.
Skhylur Davis – who is black – was collecting letters for her grandmother Alice Patterson on May 11 when 38-year-old Elizabeth Shirey – who is white – assumed she was no good.
Shirey approached a group, including three other youngsters, grabbed Davis and tried to pull the mail out of her hands.
When Shirey realized it wasn’t hers, she tried to rectify her actions by apologizing and offering the girl cookies.
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Skhylur Davis collected her grandmother’s letters when Elizabeth Shirey, 38, pulled her arms and tried to get the mail from their South Carolina homes
In a press conference with WRDWvia Zoom, Davis said on Tuesday that Shirey’s husband was approaching them at the time and said, “If you had been a different type of man, this would have been a different story.”
Davis said at the press conference that he used no other word, but that “you don’t have to think about what type he meant.”
Police responded to the scene and quoted the woman.
Davis’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, said it was important to bring the incident to the attention because of the many instances of unprovoked violence against African Americans and because of the child’s young age.
Bamberg mentioned the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed on February 23 by two white men in Georgia after looking at a construction site while jogging. The suspects have alleged that they thought Arbery was a burglar when he was seen looking at the incomplete structure.
Bamberg told it Augusta Chronicle that Davis is aware of that incident and thinks it is sad that black people are being prejudiced in such a negative way.
Shown are the multiple letterboxes in the Aiken area where the incident occurred on May 11
When Shirey realized it wasn’t hers, she tried to correct her actions by apologizing and offering the girl cookies, an incident report claims.
The little girl said at the news conference that past incidents against black people had influenced her behavior in the situation.
“I wasn’t afraid, because in situations like this you should be anything but afraid,” said David. “It shouldn’t be like that and it’s wrong.”
Alice Patterson has lived in the middle class for about a year, saying she usually sends her granddaughter Whitemarsh Drive to get the mail.
She said what happened to her granddaughter is unacceptable and remembered a prejudice that had been directed at her when she was growing up.
“We’ve been hurt, we’re upset, and we’re angry. She is angry and hurt. She was violated, “said Patterson. “Growing up in the south, we had to endure this; our parents had to endure this. It’s 2020. We don’t let our kids go through what we had to go through. ‘
The lawyer said the family is not interested in a civil lawsuit, but wants the criminal justice system to deal with the case in hopes that this will mean progress in America.
“Now where are we as a society – forget about race, forget about ethnicity, forget about gender, forget about sexual preference – where are we as a society when an 11-year-old child needs to know about it when interacting with an adult woman? ‘ he said.
Most importantly, this is bigger than just Mrs. Shirey and what happened. This is a small piece of a much larger puzzle, we want people to understand that you have to think before you act. ‘
“People should stop judging other people based on how they look based on the color of their skin. We want the criminal justice system, in this case in Aiken County, to be an example of this [the woman] to stop other people from ever doing the same thing again. ‘
Bamberg added, “There’s no reason to favor people the way we see people being biased in America.”
Alice Patterson (left) said that she usually sends her granddaughter (right) Whitemarsh Drive to get the mail. They are depicted with lawyer Justin Bamberg
Alice Patterson has lived in the middle class of Aiken for about a year now (photo)
Shirey’s court appearance is scheduled for July 15.
Aiken leaders have expressed support for the child.
At the press conference, District Councilor Andrea Neira Gregory told Davis, “I just want you to know that we are proud of you. I can see that from what your lawyer said that you are a wonderful young lady and that your family has many reasons to be proud of you.
“Keep your head up, this will pass, but we appreciate the awareness you create in our society, especially the city of Aiken, where this should never have been tolerated.”
Mayor Rick Osborn said, “All people deserve to be treated fairly, all people deserve to be treated fairly, and all people deserve to be treated equally. No one has to worry about walking down a street in Aiken.
“Our children should be carefree when they play in a public park. No one should be treated differently because of race, gender, or for any other reason. ‘