Elizabeth Shirey Wiki – Elizabeth Shirey Biography
Elizabeth Shirey is the Aiken, South Carolina, woman officials say assaulted a young black girl after accusing the child of stealing her mail. The 11-year-old girl, Skhylur Davis, was retrieving her grandmother’s mail when Shirey approached her near the mailbox on May 11.
Davis says Shirey apologized and offered the child cookies after realizing her mistake. At some point, Shirey’s husband got involved. Davis explained that even though no racial slurs were used, she felt the incident was racially motivated because of a comment Mr. Shirey said. “Her husband said, ‘If you were a different type of person, this would have been another story,’” Davis said during a news conference alongside her attorney.
Davis’ grandmother, Alice Patterson, called the police after learning of the incident. Shirey has been charged with a misdemeanor and is due in court on July 15.
Shirey was only issued a citation and ordered to appear in court on July 15. As of this writing, the case had not been entered into the Aiken County Second Judicial Circuit Public Index, which is available online.
Elizabeth Shirey Assaulted Skhylur Davis
On May 11, Davis was accompanied by her sister and two cousins. All four of them are juveniles. Davis told police that after picking up her grandmother’s mail, she and the other three children walked along Whitemarsh Drive and paused near another mailbox. She told WACH-TV, “The mailbox was behind me… I wasn’t touching it or anything and I turn around and this lady is coming towards me and assaults me.”
Davis told police Shirey approached her aggressively and demanded her mail back. According to the Aiken Public Safety report, “The victim was caught off guard and told Ms. Shirey the mail was not hers. The victim stated Ms. Shirey attempted to grab the mail away from her and in the process, grabbed her by the arms and pulled them.”
Davis said after Shirey realized the mail was not hers, she apologized and “offered to make it better by offering cookies.”
The Aiken Public Safety incident report does not mention race. Above the narrative, there is a line that reads “Suspect Hate/Bias Motivated:” The responding officer left that section blank.
Davis told police that Shirey’s husband had approached the group and was “rude” to them. She explained during a news conference on May 19, alongside attorney Justin Bamberg, that Mr. Shirey’s involvement made her think the encounter was race-related. “When we were explaining that we didn’t take the mail, the husband said that if you were a different type of guy, this would have been another story. You don’t have to think about what type means,” WJBF-TV reported.
Davis’ grandmother, Alice Patterson was also part of the news conference. She explained, “We’re hurt, we’re upset, and we’re angry. She’s angry and hurt. She was violated. 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.”
Shirey is facing a charge of assault and battery in the 3rd degree. In South Carolina, this charge is classified as a “simple assault” misdemeanor and described in the legal code: