In what was perhaps the overreaction of the year (early contender), Craig French, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy in Kendall County, IL, pulled a gun on a couple waiting in the express checkout line at an Oswego Wal-Mart. Best part: the woman was pregnant!
Nicole Thurmond recounts the initial harassment:
“I felt someone close behind me. He started being really rude and said, ‘Don’t you know how to count? You are holding up the whole store.”
Her husband, Jason Thurmond, was apparently grabbing a last-second purchase. When he returned to the line he witnessed a man harassing his pregnant wife.
“There was a guy in her face, yelling at her,” said Jason Thurmond. “In an aggressive manner he steps toward me, and I just push him back to keep him away from my wife and myself, and before I knew it I just froze because he pulled out a gun.”
In what is perhaps the strangest twist, despite not identifying himself clearly right away, Deputy French was not charged with a crime, nor even punished by the Sheriff’s Department. Rather, Jason Thurmond was arrested for pushing an asshole that was harassing his wife.
Sources have not confirmed this, but I suspect that Deputy French had just come off a very rough case involving jewel theft, the FBI, his girlfriend being murdered, and a lack of support from the Chief.