Thursday, October 01, 2009

Travis County Offers $40,000 to Tasered Woman

Travis County has offered a $40,000 settlement to a 72-year-old Texas woman on whom a deputy constable used a Taser after a traffic stop in an incident recorded by a patrol car camera.

Video of the incident has been shown around the world.

Kathryn Winkfein dared the constable to use the Taser and ultimately he did during the traffic stop in May during which the woman became confrontational.

She wants $135,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses and humiliation, but Travis County commissioners Tuesday approved $40,000 as their "firm" counteroffer.

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.

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