- Trusted Advocate Greshun De Bouse was violently choked in a Prattville, AL Walmart the day before the holiday she founded, National Doe B Day.
- Advocate Greshun De Bouse states there were multiple witnesses and "Everyone had their phones out."
- A spokesperson for Greshun says, " According to multiple witnesses, nearly 200-lb. Shemetrea Purnell choked Greshun, and had the barely 100-lb. Greshun pinned against a wall."
- Greshun is in the public eye, and certainly had been in the Montgomery Advertiser within the past week of June 12 when the assault occurred," a spokesperson said.
Prattville, AL — We all love her for her eternally youthful and positive spirit! We love her ‘midas touch’ in all she does! Greshun De Bouse for sure is inspiration to us all! That is why the following news is gut-wrenching. On Friday, June 12, 2020, beloved and trusted Advocate Greshun De Bouse was choked to #icantbreathe level in a Prattville, Alabama Wal-Mart.
According to multiple witnesses, nearly 200-lb. Shemetrea Purnell of Montgomery, AL, choked Greshun, and had the barely 100-lb. Greshun pinned against a wall. One witness stated Greshun nearly “passed out” from the choking. Another witness stated she heard Purnell stating how she wanted to do bodily harm to Greshun. Imagine a small-framed 100-lb. person being choked and pinned against a wall by a 200-lb person twice their size.
Another witness stated how the choker was laughing about the situation and began motioning as if she was pulling her pants down and showing her rear end to Greshun. The police were called, and multiple witnesses told the two officers on scene what they witnessed.
The Wal-Mart employee who called police knew Shemetrea Purnell in some way, and was collecting information concerning Greshun, then reporting the information to Purnell. The Wal-Mart employee failed to keep the Purnell away from Greshun, and caused her to be revictimized. According to a spokesperson for Greshun De Bouse, “The two officers on the scene would not provide Greshun with their badge numbers, and did not arrest Purnell on-scene though multiple witnesses corroborated Greshun’s incident account.
As the victim of this assault, Greshun asked one of the officers on the scene to mask her identity and other pertinent information on the police report for her safety. The officer would not oblige her. Also, it seemed unorthodox that the officer would claim he needed to know Greshun’s occupation for the police report, and demand she answer. The spokesperson continued to say “Greshun was to host National Doe B Day the following day, June 13, to promote non-violence.
That is why the timing of this incident is interesting. One day before National Doe B Day for non-violence, gun violence awareness, and remembering T.I.-affiliated rapper Doe B who died of gun violence, this happens. Moments before the incident, Greshun had engaged in a lengthy dialogue with ALEA Division Chief- Wayne Massey-concerning her upcoming events to foster collaborative efforts for positive change in the community, and prevention of negative element action. The last thing he said to her was Be Careful.
Interestingly, this choking situation happens. Greshun is in the public eye, and certainly had been in the Montgomery Advertiser within the past week of June 12 when the assault occurred. Even the video clearly corroborates Greshun’s account of the attack.
A witness heard Shemetrea Purnell stating she was going to beat Greshun’s [blank], and shortly after, Purnell choked Greshun to #icantbreathe level. This is tragic and this animalistic person who did this to Greshun should be arrested.” Currently, probable cause has been found for arresting Shemetrea Purnell.
Updates will be provided as available