Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Me-maw gets shocking treatment
All you grannies out on the highway, be careful and calm down. Once upon a time, as the Christmas song went, grandma got run over by a reindeer.
Now, grandma, or GREAT-grandma, to be exact, is getting Tasered by the cops. And she got Tasered, according to the video, because of her demeanor and daring an officer to do so. And he did just that.
Kathryn Winkfein, 72, a foul-mouthed great-grandmother, was stopped for doing 60 mph in a 45 zone in her pickup truck on a highway near Austin in May. After Deputy Chris Bieze finished writing the ticket, he gave it to her and asked her to sign it.
Winkfein refused. Bieze insisted, saying he would have to arrest her if she didn’t sign the ticket. When she wouldn’t sign, he opened the door to the truck and told her to get out.
When Bieze tells her to get out of her truck, Winkfein says, “Take me to jail. Go on and take me to jail.”
“Step on out,” the officer commands.
The woman gets out of the truck and walks along the side of the road, close to the fog line separating the shoulder from the traffic lane.
“Give me the [expletive] thing and I’ll sign it,” she tells Bieze, but the officer has already told her she is being arrested. When Winkfein strays close to the traffic lane, the officer pushes her onto the shoulder.
“You’re gonna shove a 72-year-old woman?” Winkfein yells at him.
“If you don’t step back, you’re gonna be Tased,” Bieze says.
That’s when Winkfein said, “Go ahead. Tase me.”
Even then, Bieze did not use the Taser he had out and ready. He attempted to grab her, but Winkfein twisted away.
“Step back or you’re gonna be Tased, ma’am,” Bieze says again.
“I dare you,” she said.
Winkfein then decided she was leaving and tried to walk back to her truck.
“I’m getting back in my car,” she said.
“You’re gonna be Tased,” Bieze said, blocking her path.
“I’m getting back in my car,” she insists.
“No, ma’am,” he says.
That’s when he finally fired the Taser and Winkfein went down screaming.
Hey, the old lady deserved it. She claimed initially in an interview with an Austin Fox affiliate that she didn't use foul language and was not belligerant. Then the video on the dash-cam was released and she has since clamed up and hired an attorney.
On a sort of a related note, is anyone else curious what it feels like to be Tasered? I'm getting pretty close to volunteering to get nailed just to see what it's like. It's stupid, I know, but you only go around once.