FedEx Worker Attacked by Sheriff's Deputy During Routine Package Inspection, Lawsuit States

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A local Fedex worker claims in a federal lawsuit that he was attacked without provocation by a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputy during a routine inspection of packages.

FedEx doesn't appear to be backing employee Larry Strickler in his lawsuit, though the complaint states that Strickler's co-workers witnessed the violent incident. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the deputy, Sean Anthony Edwards-El, are named as defendants.

Neither Strickler nor his Peoria attorney, Kenneth Gerber, could be reached.

The allegations in the complaint, which was moved last week from county to federal court, leaves a few questions unanswered.

The FedEx courier had been at the company's location of 4475 North 43rd Avenue in Phoenix just before 8 a.m. on February 3, 2011, preparing to start his day on the road. At the same time, Maricopa deputies were at the office conducting a "regularly scheduled inspection" of packages set for delivery.

Strickler states in his complaint that he approached Deputy Edwards-El to talk with him.



Without warning or provocation, the suit states, the deputy assaulted
Strickler, "grabbing him around the throat and forcefully pushing him
backwards against a truck" in front of other deputies and FedEx workers.



Strickler's suit gives no further details about what happened.



We called the office and asked for Strickler, but he was out delivering
packages. We talked to a supervisor for a moment about the incident,
asking whether she knew why the deputy allegedly man-handled Strickler
and what the company was doing about it.



"Where are you getting your information?" the FedEx supervisor asked. We
told her, again, that we were reading from the lawsuit filed by
Strickler.



She hung up.



We'll let you know if we find out more, and how the lawsuit goes.





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interloper
interloper

The MSCO deputy was probably just getting even for the package that was delivered to his house via the "Fedex fling".

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Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Why are cops going through Fed Ex packages?   Is this standard fare now?    Oh, I see they are protecting us from terrorists by terrorizing Fed Ex drivers.   This is the way it will always be now...and worse.    Welcome to our police state where privacy is a thing of the past because no one cared to speak out about anything.   I suppose most people will support a war on Iran too.    If that happens, life as you know it will cease to exist.

Albert
Albert

Seriously.. what happened to the 4th Amendment?? They need to have probable cause, and then they need to get a WARRANT. FedEx could be liable as well....

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

That would be true of the USPS, but not of FedEx, UPS, or other private carriers. When you ship with them, you sign away your privacy rights.

Adhdcep
Adhdcep

What exactly is a "regularly scheduled inspection"....? And why are they sifting through mail?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Looking for idiots who send dope and drugs via FedEx and UPS.

Clueless dopers don't realize that as private carriers FedEx and UPS can, and do, open and inspect packages placed in their custody, and they do not need a warrant to do so.

Packages sent via the US Postal Service however do require a warrant before the postal inspectors can open them.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

In other words, it was business as usual for the MCSO.Arizona's premier organized crime family.

Stacy
Stacy

wow, I think this guy didn't tell his bosses that he was suing MCSO.. Yikes, that could land him in hot water.

Nurse Ratched
Nurse Ratched

It sounds like FedEx may have had no idea about it either, let alone that he is suing over it. Which is really odd if it did occur because who would not tell their employer about it unless there is more to this story.

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