Elizabeth Shirey Bio – Wiki
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.
She is 38 years old.
Elizabeth Shirey Charged
Patterson has been living at her current home in Aiken for about a year. She told the Augusta Chronicle she often sends her granddaughter to grab the mail from the mailbox.
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.”
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:
Shirey was not taken into custody. Lt. Jake Mahoney explained to the Aiken Standard that Shirey was not detained because the charge is low-level, and officials are attempting to reduce inmate levels due to the coronavirus. He also told WJBF-TV the decision was made because “the offender was compliant, the offender was positively identified, there was no articulable immediate danger to the victim or to society in general, and no evidence of alcohol or drug impairment.”
According to the incident report from Aiken Public Safety, Shirey told the responding officer that she was inside her home when she spotted someone standing near her mailbox. She originally thought the person standing outside was an adult.
Shirey said she tried yelling “Ma’am” but did not get a response. According to the report, “she then walked towards the person while asking if the person was holding her mail.” Shirey admitted she tried to grab the mail away before realizing it did not belong to her. She noticed the address on the mail was not her own.
Shirey said only then did she realize the person was a child and attempted to apologize. The police report lists her husband, Justin Shirey, as an involved individual. But the summary of the incident only stated that Mr. Shirey had been “rude” to Davis and her friends.
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.