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New Judge for Man Charged in Walmart Altercation

In his second court appearance, Jason Thurmond of Montgomery asked for and received a new judge in his misdemeanor battery case. Thurmond was charged after an incident at the Oswego Walmart involving an off-duty Kendall County Sheriff's deputy.

The Montgomery man charged with battery in a scuffle with an off-duty Kendall County Sheriff’s deputy last month made his second court appearance on Monday.

Jason Thurmond, 38, was charged with misdemeanor battery after an altercation at the on Super Bowl Sunday that culminated in that off-duty officer pulling his gun. Oswego police reported that several officers responded to the Walmart on Route 34 for a fight in progress about noon on Feb. 5.

Thurmond has identified the officer as Dep. Craig French, who serves as the public information officer. The sheriff’s department has not confirmed that French is the officer in question, but his name appears on the Oswego Police Department report from the incident.

Thurmond said he was in an express checkout line with his wife, and had gone back into the store to get eggs. When he returned, he said, he saw his wife in tears, and heard French yelling at her. An argument began, and Thurmond admits to shoving French to keep him away from his wife, who was nine months pregnant.

It was then that French pulled his gun, Thurmond said. The recently-released reveal that French only announced himself as a sheriff’s deputy after pulling his weapon. The Kendall County Sheriff’s department is conducting an internal investigation into the incident, and will release results once the criminal trial is over.

On Monday, Thurmond’s attorney, Richard Irvin, requested and was granted a new trial judge. Thurmond was initially scheduled to appear before Kendall County Judge Marcy Buick, but the case will now be heard by Judge Alan Cargerman.

Thurmond explained that the move was not to cast doubt on the fairness of Judge Buick. He said Irvin requested a judge he is more familiar with. Irvin said he is still waiting on subpoenaed security camera video from Wal-Mart, and the transcripts of several interviews conducted by the Oswego Police Department.

Thurmond’s next court date is April 25.

Thurmond filed an official complaint with the sheriff's department on Feb. 7. Thurmond has also said he plans to go forward with a lawsuit, but none has been filed. He said he has retained attorney Kevin Halverson of Warrenville, who could not be reached for comment.

Daisy Doe March 13, 2012 at 02:25 AM
What is the hold up of the tape? If it were a shop lifter they would have the tape already.
Richard R March 13, 2012 at 07:17 AM
I really don't see why this in even in he court system with, Mr. Thurmond having to defend himself over this as well. .... But wait....It;s an assault of a police officer (well no one knew it until he pulled a gun) and then was asked, if he was a police officer, and ask to see a badge. The fact the other party is a cop, is why this has not been thrown out. And I will love to see the report that says Deputy French was acting with in departmental guidelines for pulling his weapon, while off duty in an altercation it seems he may have started.
Jen March 14, 2012 at 01:55 AM
More power to you Mr. Thurmond for defending your pregnant wife! If that had been me & my husband in your position, I would have kicked my husband's butt if he did not defend me in the same way, especially if I was pregnant! Officers of the law are suppose to set examples for the communities they serve, don't think this officer showed a good example. Because of this officer, I now have my doubts about the lovely Kendall County officers who are suppose to patrol my neighborhood. I guess if I ever come in contact with Officer French, I better watch my "P's & Q's" because who knows how stable this guy really is! (sorry but that is my opinion) I have plenty of family members who are officers and I would judge them the same way if they pulled some crap like this!
Herm March 15, 2012 at 06:49 PM
What the heck was he yelling at Mrs. Thurmond for in the first place. Has it come to this that patience is gone and "I" want what "i" want and get out of my way. Then to be so ignorant as to pull a gun in the store, like you are the last of the cowboys. The deputy should be suspended without pay for a period of time for his actions, as well as being stupid. Don't give guns to knotheads. It swells their head and they think they are invincible.
Paul March 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Let's just say the news is only reporting part of the facts. Would there be the same replies to a story about the deputies innocence?
Brian March 18, 2012 at 05:27 PM
How about you enlighten us to what's not being reported then, Paul?
Paul March 21, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I'm not insinuating I have any insider knowledge. I'm just not convinced of everything I hear or see. There would have to be a huge conspiracy starting with walmart security, walmart security cameras (you know there is video of their registers), the walmart employees, the people who were in line during the tirade, the oswego p.d., and the sheriff's office. it would truly be a sad day for our community if this were true. When I read the other posts, it seems to me that all of these people must have more knowledge of this thing than me. Lots of sheeple following the leader. Then I say sarcastically, "It must be true guys, It was in The Patch!" and "The media would never sensationalize an article for the benefit of subscriptions." Then I say with no sarcasm, "Be an independent thinker, and question everything."
Marlene Wyld April 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Question all you want Paul, it's your right. You know there is no conspiracy against this officer nor is there a conspiracy against the defendant or his wife. It seems to me that an officer of the law should have more restraint than to engage in an argument with another customer in line and in a public place where there are plenty of witnesses to what happened. What exactly did happen? What started this argument and who started it? In my opinion, and this is just an opinion from what has been reported here, is that the officer probably had no business brandishing his gun and threatening these people. It was poor judgement on his part. I am sure we don't have the whole story, and we don't have any more knowledge than you do Paul, and why wouldn't it be true. Do you think this story was made up? Your reply makes no sense. If anybody is biased, you are. And this is just my opinion.
Paul May 02, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Some of the footage has surfaced. Yet again, sheeple like Marlene accuse the po-po of abuse of their powers with no evidence. (#1) You said, "this is just an opinion from what has been reported here, is that the officer probably had no business brandishing his gun and threatening these people." You are making my point. You are taking one side of the story and forming your opinion with only a few facts. How can you possibly take sides when the only thing we know for sure is that the officer was pushed? You don't know how it started or what was said. How about waiting to see facts and substance. That's what I mean when I say, question everything. (#2) No I dont think the story was made up. (#3) I suppose I am biased toward the facts. By the way, my reply make a lot more sense than yours.
Marlene Wyld May 02, 2012 at 12:18 AM
My my Paul, you are easily upset now aren't you? By the way, what is a po-po?
Paul May 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM
It's hard to read voice inflection. Or put it into a written form. I'm simply responding to your comment in kind. If I was upset I may just use caps. You called me out. I responded. My problem is, why do people want to have some sort of race riot with the police all of the time. Every post on here is negative toward the cops. I would suspect it's people who have had run ins with the police. I have never had the police to my home for a criminal issue. I have been pulled over and received a citation before. I deserved it. I was speeding!!
Marlene Wyld May 02, 2012 at 11:33 AM
I responded to your post Paul, I didn't call you out. It is not so difficult to read voice inflection if you are with the person who is speaking, but it is a bit difficult. but not impossible, to read when put in the written form. I was just following your advice and questioning you. You are insinuating that I have had a run in with the police. I never have. I have had friends who are police officers and I have a great deal of respect for the law and what they do for the public on a daily basis. But we are all human, tempers flare and sometimes people act irrationally and I think this is what happened here. I do not have any insider knowledge as you may think, but this is what I think, and I do have the right to think. You have a right to your opinion and I, although you may not agree with me, have the same right. And 6:30 in the morning is much too early to be defending myself. Goodbye Paul.

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