NAACP calls weekend press conference in Brookhaven
Published 2:46 pm Thursday, February 3, 2022
The NAACP has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. Saturday in front of the Lincoln County/Brookhaven Governmental Complex.
NAACP Lincoln County president the Rev. Rico Cain has not issued an official statement on the purpose of the conference, but indicated it was at least partly in response to a recent incident involving a delivery driver being shot at in a Brookhaven community.
FedEx delivery driver D’Monterrio Gibson had delivered a package on Junior Trail and was leaving the address when a man in a white pickup truck — later identified as Gregory Case — blocked the road. When Gibson drove around the vehicle in the grass, he saw Gregory’s son Brandon Case standing in the roadway with a gun.
As Gibson passed the younger Case, Case allegedly shot into the delivery truck repeatedly, then chased Gibson until he got to Interstate 55, according to the Brookhaven Police Department.
“I felt so angry. I felt anger in my heart … I never would have thought of him having to face this on his job,” Gibson’s mother Sharon McClendon told Jackson-area media outlets. “He was driving a marked truck. They saw him deliver the package and that’s when they came for the attack.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 1, the two Cases turned themselves in to Brookhaven police. They were booked into the Lincoln County Jail. The senior Case was charged with conspiracy and bond set at $75,000. Brandon Case was charged with aggravated assault/shooting into an occupied vehicle, with a bond set at $150,000.
Both men bonded out the same day.
McClendon said people from all over, and of all races, have reached out to her and her son, most expressing anger and upset over the situation.
“The thing that made me the maddest was how long they let this case sit. Aggravated assault is not going to fly with me,” McClendon said. “We’re just waiting on the DOJ to touch down. They’re coming.”
Both the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the case.