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.