pictured:Deyanna Davis’ family pictured at a rally for her last week in MLK Park. Among those pictured, her great uncle Ron Petty, her mom Ayanna Carr, her grandmother and sister.
Family and supporters of Deyanna Davis are standing firm in their fight to see that she gets justice.
Regardless of the charges placed against her, they just want her to be able to come home so that she can heal properly, be with her children and have the strength to deal with whatever legal challenges may lie ahead.
Deyanna is the young woman who has been accused of running a vehicle thru police lines on the night of June 1 on Bailey Avenue during protests near Buffalo Police’s E-District station and hitting three law enforcement officers.
But Deyanna herself was injured; shot multiple times. She was arrested, had surgery, and remanded to the holding center where she remains.
Her mother, Ayanna Carr, has apologized for any harm Deyanna may have caused, but insists that her daughter would never have intentionally run over anyone. And the media’s portrayal of her as a violent person, she says, is the furthest thing from the truth.
The mother of four children ages 1,2,3 and 10, Deyanna, she continued, worked and went to school. She was a month away from earning her bachelor’s degree. Ayanna described her daughter as ambitious and “brilliant.”
“She misses her children, and they miss her. We just want her home.”
Deyanna’s great uncle, Ron Petty, said the story being told in the media is too one sided. “There are two sides to every story. The main point I want to emphasize is Deyanna was not in any way involved in the protest rally, nor was she attempting to inflict bodily harm on any of the officers present at this event. I believe that she was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and simply panicked as the tragic episode unfolded.”
“Additionally, District Attorney John J. Flynn apparently based his decision to prosecute on the premise that Deyanna’s actions were intentional and not those of someone who was scared or in fear of their life!” added Petty.
“My question to Mr. Flynn is, ‘how do you know?’ What did you base your decision on? They said there are several videos showing what was happening at the same time Deyanna was attempting to pass through that section of Bailey Ave.
“All of the videos confirm that she drove through a gauntlet of gunfire and treated for her wounds. After she was interrogated at the hospital, she was charged with two counts of felony assault and remanded to the Erie County Holding Center where she still currently housed.
The family has established a “legal defense fund” for Deyanna to offset the cost of competent legal representation. So far, they have raised over $5,000 for her defense
Ayanna Carr said she was thankful for the support of the community, especially Myles Carter. He is the articulate young activist who was attacked for no reason by officers at the scene on the night of the chaos while being interviewed by a news reporter.
“ She’s (Deyanna) innocent until proven guilty,” Carter declared.She needs time to heal. That’s it. That’s all we’re coming for. “
The group “Black Love Resists in the Rust” says it intends to continue to Occupy Niagara Square for the release of Deyanna Davis.