Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Dashcam Video Released in Great-Grandmother Tasering

I wrote earlier about Kathryn Winkfein, a 72-year-old TX great-grandmother who was allegedly caught speeding 15 MPH over the limit. She was tasered after failing to respond to an order to sign the speeding ticket, using profane language, and becoming “violent,” according to the police.

Winkfein says that wasn't true, and the video below appears to confirm her assertions. However, apparently the police have reviewed the footage, and think things are just fine. You can hear the deputy sreaming: “Get over here now!”

Winkfein replied, “Give [the ticket] to me and I’ll sign it. Oh, you’re going to shove me? You’re going to shove a seventy-two year old woman?”

The deputy then tasers her. Winkfein lies on the ground screaming as he orders, “Now put your hands behind your back. Put your hands behind your back or you’re going to be tasered again.”

Watch the dashcam video:
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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

So stupid... if he wasn't determined to be a hard-ass towards a crotchety ol' grandma, he could have just let her sign the ticket when she finally agreed to and be on her way. But even if he was commited to arresting her for not signing in the first place, how could a guy his size not be able to physically subdue a tiny elderly woman without the use of a tazer? Serious overkill.

Anonymous said...

One thing is for sure, when a cop says, "Do it or I will taze you" you can be sure he ain't kidding.

Anonymous said...

The deputy escalated the situation when he shoved the woman after she had agreed to sign the ticket. He should have let her sign and be on her way. Travis county cops are notoriously bad tempered. It is well known that you do not want to pulled over in Travis.

Athena Misty, aka "GeekGirl" said...

Yikes. Well, I suppose he feels some justification for tazering a woman who is clearly no physical match or threat to him - he can explain it to HIS grandmother.

Unknown User said...

I think he was totaly justified in his actions... he was pushing her away from oncoming traffic... then he warned he atleast 5 times before tazing her.... you should all be ashamed of yourselves for trying to put the officer at fault ... the lady obviously thought she was above the law and I say thank you to all law enforcement in our great country...one day when you need help you just might understand and appreciate what they do everyday... if he would have used force you would have said he used to much ... so I guess you all must think like her and believe that you are above the law as well

Anonymous said...

Unknown user must be a Texas cop.

Otherwise, he would defend that vile swine.

bobby said...

god you people are a bunch of hillbillies. i'm so glad i live in a civilized part of the world - new england. we should just give you back to mexico. maybe bush can run for el presidente and you can use fire hoses, waterboarding and bear spray. i hear that there is a 94 year old parkinson's patient in modesta that is sneaking peaches back to his room. call swat!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ahh... More arrogance by our public servants.

I don't fault the deputy so much as I do the Sheriff. He's actually angry that his officer's actions are under scrutiny.

Anonymous said...

How would everyone feel had he "physically" moved her away from the roadway? Did everyone notice that he kept himself between her and the lane of traffic she was so determined to stand in? Why did she have to be so abusive to the officer who was doing his duty? She forced the incident, not the officer, then lied in the interview as to what happened. Yes, it could have been a little forceful from one viewpoint, but she caused the entire situation, not the officer.

Danielle said...

I think this is disgusting. I'm shocked and appalled that this man who is easily half her age and twice her size felt the need to employ a tazer a woman he easily could have subdued without it. Yes she was being argumentative but why couldn't he be the bigger person and just let her sign once she agreed and asked for the ticket. All arguments and profanity aside, he is a public servant and should have done all he could to diffuse the situation instead of having a power trip and arresting a 72 year old woman for a traffic stop. If that's what Texas police are like then I am proud and happy to live in California

Not So Sure said...

Well, well, well, ain't she spunky? I have to say, weather these cops in this area are hardasses or not, she became very nasty right from the get go. She caused things to escalate as far as I can see. I do believe that you do not HAVE to sign a ticket, but it could bring problems with that choice. She only agreed to sign the ticket when she saw that the deputy meant business. Then she wouldn't move off of the road for her safety and for the safety of the officer. The little stomach bump by the deputy was no big thing and it got them both off of the road. THen she wanted to get past the deputy and get back in her car. Is she nuts. She had already gone way too far. In her interview, she said all of the deputies statements were a lie. Actually, they were not. They were right on. She screwed up and now she will have to pay the piper. Thinking that just because you are a 72 year old lady that you can get away with acting like a wise ass gang member doesn't cut it with everyone and hopefully, she learned her lesson. I think that she should be evaluated to see if she is capable of safely driving a car

Anonymous said...

These type of cops should be impailed in a public square! This cop has made law enforcement look bad and his fellow cops should be thinking about shooting him on a police call. He wouldn't be making that kind of a mistake again.

Anonymous said...

three assholes involved in this story...

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