The ailing and anemic Austin-Statesman must be getting a sizable boost in hits on its online edition today, due to the video clip of Kathryn Winkfein, a 72-year-old grandmother who has sued Travis County for $135,000 after being hit with a tazer during a traffic stop. According to the Statesman, Deputy Constable Christopher Bieze, who looms large and stocky next to the feisty and uncooperative 4-foot-11 great grandmother, loses control of the situation almost immediately, resorting to yelling at the woman, escalating the situation like gasoline on a fire. While Winkfein is not being nice or cooperative, it’s impossible to not take her side in the situation. The county has made a counter-offer of $40,000 and insists that this is as high as they’ll go.
Is that enough? I don’t know. One’s disgust is sure to be increased by the news that the officer was not suspended, not even reprimanded. “He didn’t do anything wrong,” says his supervisor. Oh yeah?