FedEx Courier Larry Strickler to Get $18,000 in Unprovoked Assault by Maricopa Deputy Sean Edwards-El

Maricopa County will pay an $18,000 to settle a lawsuit against a Phoenix FedEx worker who was attacked without provocation by a deputy.

The deputy, Sean Edwards-El, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in 2011 for the attack. He's still employed by MCSO.

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

As we reported last year, Strickler had been working at the FedEx office at 4475 North 43rd Avenue about 8 a.m. February 3, the same time that Edwards-El and other deputies were conducting routine inspections of packages. (We're not sure what the inspection entails. On a side note, a California judge ruled last week that cops in that state can't open packages just because they think they smell pot.)

Strickler approached Edwards-El to say hello. Apparently, the deputy had been having a bad day -- he appears to have just snapped, according to Strickler's federal complaint.

Without any warning or provocation, Edwards-El roughed up Strickler by "grabbing him around the throat and forcefully pushing him backwards against a truck," the complaint says.

Another deputy reportedly agreed the attack wasn't provoked.

The notice of claim that preceded the lawsuit states that Strickler received medical treatments after the attack, worked fewer hours and had to limit his work and personal activities for a few weeks. Strickler had sought $150,000 originally.

Last month, the county and Strickler agreed to the lower amount of $18,000.

Jenny Jansch, a local attorney who helped Strickler in the case, says "of course we would have liked a lot more" money for the settlement, but that Strickler feels the final payout amount is "reasonable."

Edwards-El was convicted of misdemeanor assault in Phoenix municipal court on September 1, 2011, records show.

New Times asked the Sheriff's Office earlier this week for info about Edwards-El, such as his duty status and whether he was ever disciplined for the assault and conviction. We have to assume an internal affairs investigation was conducted over the matter. We'll let you know when we hear back.

Since Edwards-El seems to still be working on patrol, investigating things like assaults, the public can only hope he's fixed whatever issues led to his assault conviction and the county payout.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
Cozz topcommenter

MSCO deputy assaults someone that was unprovoked, gets convicted of a misdemeanor and is still working as a deputy for MCSO ?

WTF ?!?

Any normal citizen would have been charged with a felony assault on someone and probably gone to prison for years.

Next we'll be hearing the deputy got promoted as well by Bozo Joe Arpaio and MCSO.


Justice for some, but not for all is the Maricopa County way.


Touch a cop, you go to prison.

A cop illegally assaults you, they keep their job and the county coughs up any settlement money.


Yes ...another exciting story of deputy hound dog and his COHORTS,.......a never ending saga of crooked lawyers ,cops and of course we can't forget the Almighty politicians that have corrupted and degraded the people of this great state of Arizona .............Born and raised here, 64 yrs old  and can still remember how mellow it was here .Payaso really should be put out to should ALL his followers and cronies!

Flyer9753 topcommenter

Yet ANOTHER example of the fine Law Enforcement personnel that work for MCSO, following Joes wonderful leadership examples and policies...

As well as yet another example of the stupidity of Maricopa County voters who continue to allow and pay for this crap to happen and continue to happen by continuing to elect the old fool and not recall him when they had the chance

I wonder what story JAFfy and YPS are going to make up to try to justify this on MCSO's behalf... it should be entertaining... bullshit but entertaining


I assume that the lawsuit was brought by the Phoenix FedEx worker, not against him - correct?


Feel free to comment on this story on Arpaio's Facebook page. Really riles up the rednecks and the blue hairs.

Cozz topcommenter


Funny how that works out in Maricopa County isn't it.


@phxmusicman64 The people of this state have degraded themselves by constantly electing the same ilk time after time. Lived here 30 years and have learned to never underestimate the power that racism and ignorance hold over Arizona.


@shadeaux14 @phxmusicman64 Quite true shadeux.....but that's assuming the electoral process wasn't rigged ......I believe they have been and will continue to be until they're out of office. I know fat chance.......wish in one hand and shit in the other see which one gets full the quickest? Anyway I suppose we can at least HOPE that something GOOD will become of this situation. PEACE!

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault