South Carolina girl assaulted by white neighbor while picking up her grandmother’s mail
Eleven-year-old Skhylur Davis was picking up her grandmother’s mail when a white neighbor assaulted her and accused her of stealing mail. Now Davis is speaking out and seeking justice.
According to an Aiken Department of Public Safety report, Davis’ grandmother, Ms. Patterson, stated that Davis and two friends were walking down the street when Davis stopped to pick up the mail. When she stopped, she was approached by a white neighbor – identified as Ms. Shirey in the report. Davis said Ms. Shirey aggressively approached her, demanded her mail and grabbed her arms.
According to the report, during the wrestle, Ms. Shirey saw that the mail was not hers. Davis said Ms. Shirey apologized and offered her cookies. The children also told officials that Mr. Shirey also came outside and verbally harassed them.
Ms. Shirey has since been charged for assault and battery in the third degree. You can see the report shared by Davis’ attorney:
Meet Skhylur, an 11yr old who on last Monday was assaulted in Aiken by a grown woman while…wait for it…getting mail for her grandmother. After the assault, she was offered cookies. We have this queen’s back though.💯 Stay tuned for more on her story & how she’s fighting back. pic.twitter.com/8t0xPpcgkf
— Justin Bamberg, Esq. (@JustinBamberg) May 19, 2020
Davis, 11, was recently joined by her attorney, Justin Bamberg, on a Zoom press conference on May 20 to speak about the details of the incident.
“This is bigger than just Mrs. Shirey and what happened,” said Bamberd. “This is a small piece of a much larger puzzle, we want people to understand that you need to think before you act.
He cautioned people from judging others based on what they look like. Adding, “We want the criminal justice system in Aiken County to make an example out of Mrs. Shirey to deter other people from doing the same thing again.”
During the Zoom conference call, Davis’ grandmother shared that she’s never had any issues with her neighbors before and so she often sent her granddaughter to get her mail.
“She was violated,” Ms. Patterson. “Growing up in the South, we had to endure this, our parents had to endure this. It’s 2020, we will not have our children go through what we had to go through.”
Add ‘picking up mail while black’ to things we can’t do without the threat of violence. Meet my client Skhylur, an 11-year-old from South Carolina. This time the charge is Assault & Battery. Look for her story tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/iIVvUdZe59
— Justin Bamberg, Esq. (@JustinBamberg) May 18, 2020