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Tasered Great-Granny Offered $40,000 Settlement



    Tasered Great-Granny Offered $40,000 Settlement
    Travis County Constable's Office
    Police dashcam shows a deputy tasering a 72-year-old great-grandmother along the side of a highway in Austin, Texas.


    A 72-year-old Texas woman whose Tasering by a deputy constable was shown on video nationwide has been offered a $40,000 settlement from Travis County.

    Kathryn Winkfein, Tasered after she dared the constable to do so during a May traffic stop, wants $135,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses and humiliation. But county commissioners Tuesday approved $40,000 as their "firm" counteroffer.

    Video from a camera mounted in the deputy's car shows Winkfein cursing and challenging the deputy and even daring him to use the Taser on her. 

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    "You're going to shove me? You're going to shove a 72-year-old woman?" she yelled.

    The incident is being reviewed by the district attorney's office, and a resisting-arrest charge is pending, said Precinct 3 Constable Richard McCain. An internal investigation found no violations by the deputy constable, McCain said.

    Winkfein's lawyer Tom Tourtellotte said he would discuss the counteroffer with his client.