A 72 year old woman, Kathryn Winkfein, was pulled over for speeding on Highway 71, in Travis County on May 11, 2009, according to Fox and CBS news. She refused to sign the speeding ticket and deputy constable Chris Bieze , (Precinct 3), asked her to get out of the car because she was being arrested. Winkfein got out of the car, said she would not sign the piece of paper and then became difficult cursing and repeatedly saying, “Are you going to tase a 72-year old woman?” He warned Winkfein many times that if she did not step back she would be tased. She did not comply and was about to get in her car when the deputy tased the elderly woman.
What is shameful about this incident is a government law enforcement officer doesn't have the common sense, temperament or professional training to see where this would end up; costing the citizens $40,000.00 because he can't swallow his pride and walk away after throwing the ticket in her open window.
The video of the tasering became a nationally viewed story, even making its way to the comedy circuit. Winkfein requested, “$135,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses and humiliation.” On September 29th, the county commissioner’s office countered with a firm offer of $40,000, which Winkfein accepted.
The incident is still being reviewed by the district attorney’s office. Constable Richard McCain said Winkfein may be charged with resisting arrest. Are you as sick and tired of these Tasers costing the tax payers? I am. I’m tired of officers with little patient thinking it would be better to punish the citizen while he gets immediate gratification from doing it. These are our tax dollars; not theirs to waste. Get rid of these fancy cattle prods and stop wasting citizen tax dollars. If you don’t want to get rid of them then put controls on their use. It’s as simple as that. This is America not some communist country run by despots with a third-grad mentality.
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