Tased and confused: Texas police defend Taser use on feisty 72-year-old grandma

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UPDATE 11:50 p.m., June 11:

We've had the "Don't Tase me, bro!" guy. Now it's "Granny, get on the ground ... or else!"

In this dashboard video from Travis County (TX) Deputy Constable Chris Bieze's patrol car, you see Kathryn Winkfein end up getting Tasered following a traffic stop for speeding in a construction zone.

Winkfein is belligerent, antagonistic and disrespectful to Bieze as the two argue on the edge of a busy, dangerous highway. Oh, and she's also 72 and about half his size - if not at least twice his age.

That's right, Deputy Bieze was unable to manually subdue this dangerous traffic scofflaw, so he went with his last resort - the Taser.

According to news reports, the deputy said that when he asked Winkfein to sign the speeding ticket he issued, she refused, used profane language and became violent, at which point he tased her.

So she got the juice from the deputy charged with training his department in Taser use and practices as the compliance officer for the weapon.

For her part, Winkfein says she'll be baking no cookies for this cop:

"I wasn't argumentative, I was not combative. This is a lie. All of this is a lie, pulled away from him I did not."

You can be the judge of that from watching the video. Certainly seemed like she was at least uncooperative. But did he need to zap her?

UPDATE: Department responds

In an interview with the Associated Press, Bieze's boss says yes he did - and they stand behind the deputy's actions as correct and necessary:

But that may not be the last word on the matter as the Travis County District Attorney iis looking into the arrest, reports the Austin American-Statesman.

Taser International asserts that the weapon is safe for use on anyone weighing 60 pounds or more - an assertion that points to medical studies like this - though there are no age guidelines. A child as young as 6 was Tased in Florida in 2004, but this might be the oldest person knocked down with 50,000 volts by a law enforcement official.

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WOW what a Douchebag!!! what the F was this douche thinking?!? seriously!

this PIG COP needs to have little Cartman kick him right in his NUTS

Well, you can't have it both ways. Either all people are equal... emancipation, equal gender rights, no social marginalization of senior citizens... or there are certain things that can't be done to women or senior citizen.

If all adult people of both genders are equal in front of the law, don't complain when an old lady is being treated exactly like a young male thug. If women demand special treatment in all social situations... "women and children first", doors being opened and chairs being pulled out from under the table by eager gentlemen, "you can't hit a woman or taser an old lady", all that sexist bullshit... then let's go back to the social order of the 19th century. But you can't get both equal AND special treatment.

It's sad that some people actually have to use public records and things like marital records to see if a potential date is really who they say they are. If you must do something like that, you must have had a really bad experience. I don't blame the victims (the people doing the checking up) at all, i blame the perps completely. They are the real sick ones. For that reason, its a blessing to have services like these available. I know, a conflicted post but... i had to share my thoughts.

In the end regardless of her age the situation never escalated far enough for him to Tase her. Tasers are ment for self defense right? Do u think his life was endangered and he needed to defend himself?

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