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FedEx Fires Black Driver Who Said White Men Shot at Him While Making Deliveries

FedEx Driver D'Monterrio Gibson
FedEx fired D’Monterrio Gibson—a FedEx driver who accused two white men of shooting at him while he made deliveries in Brookhaven, Miss.—by email on Monday, Aug. 21, 2023. Photo by Kayode Crown

FedEx has fired D’Monterrio Gibson, the Black driver who alleged that two white men chased and shot at him while he was making deliveries in Brookhaven, Miss., in January 2022. The trial ended in a mistrial earlier this month after a judge found that a Brookhaven Police detective had failed to turn evidence over to the prosecution or defense.

Gibson’s attorney, Carlos Moore, shared a copy of his client’s email from FedEx on Monday, Aug. 21, saying his “employment with FedEx was terminated effective 7/26/23” and that the company had attempted to deliver a termination letter to him on July 31. The Associated Press’ Emily Wagster Pettus first reported the email.

Asked for an interview, FedEx Global Network Communications Manager Meredith Miller said in an email to the Mississippi Free Press on Tuesday morning that “we can confirm that Mr. Gibson is no longer employed at FedEx,” but did not say why or agree to an interview to answer questions about the decision.

“FedEx has shown its true colors. It has never cared about my client’s Black life,” Moore said in a statement to the Mississippi Free Press on Monday. “How could any employer be so insensitive and tone deaf and fire a dedicated employee after he almost lost his life working for the company?”

“I look forward to holding FedEx accountable in a court of law for intentional infliction of emotional distress for sending Mr. Gibson back to the same, very dangerous route the very next day after the attack by the Cases,” he added.

In February 2022, Gibson told the Mississippi Free Press that FedEx asked him to return to the same route where he alleged Brandon and Gregory Case chased his van and fired multiple bullets into the white delivery van he was driving (The Cases’ attorney, Terrell Stubbs, said in court earlier this month that they had been trying to find out why Gibson had shown up at Gregory Case’s mother-in-law’s unoccupied home after dark, but he would not stop his car).

FedEx initially put Gibson on unpaid leave after he refused to return to the route, but reinstated him with back pay after public criticism.

Local prosecutors say they plan to retry the Cases for the shooting, though a new trial likely will not occur this year.

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