72-year-old Woman Tased By Police Officer

A traffic stop in Texas ended with a 72-year-old woman getting tasered, and it was all caught on the officer's dashboard camera. Now, some are asking if the officer went too far.

Officer Christopher Bieze pulled Kathryn Winkfein over for speeding on May 11th. Winkfein can be heard arguing with the officer and refusing to sign the citation.

A police report says that's when the officer told her to step out of her vehicle and ordered off the roadway. The report says Winkfein then began using profanity and refusing to cooperate, endangering both herself and the officer. He pulled his taser and ordered her to obey his commands.

The suspect can be heard daring the officer to shoot her with the taser as she tried to get back in her car. That's when the officer fired the taser to subdue the woman and bring the situation under control.

Did the officer go too far? His department says no and is defending his actions.

Mrs. Winkfein was checked out by ems workers at the scene and was determined to be unharmed before being taken into custody.


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  • by Keith Location: North Carolina on Jun 28, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    The lady made the choice, the officer just carried out her wishes. Quit trying to make everyone a victim. As the old saying goes "if your not sure what your asking for... take note of what your getting"
  • by Louie Location: Miami on Jun 18, 2009 at 10:41 PM
    People should start listening to cops more. I have never seen an altercation with a cop end in the citizen coming out ahead. Serves her right for stepping to a man with a taser!
  • by anon on Jun 16, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    That is true anonymous tasers can be lethal. Where I live a family sued police for tasering a young boy and they won and I think a young man died from being tasered. So sometimes you have to think about what you do instead of just doing.
  • by anon on Jun 16, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    He went too far. I mean pushing her. I wish they would handle real criminals like that instead putting them back on the street. The United States need to start investing their money(the little we do have) in better laws. Eventhough older people have their ways I just could not see myself doing that. Too hurtful
  • by Anonymous on Jun 15, 2009 at 09:02 PM
    Was he too weak to put a 72 year old woman in handcuffs? Tasers can still be lethal!!! Esp to the old, sick and weak. Why didn't he just handcuff her and put her in the back of the car???? I don't understand how anyone can think this isn't just a wee bit excessive. Cops have a tough job. But if your not tough enough to take on an old lady you should get a desk job.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jun 15, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    How many times did he have to beg that bag to comply with orders? Its like dealing with a child. You can ask them repeatedly to do something and they will laugh and ignore you or you can tell them one time and apply appropriate punishment. In this case he tried verbal and she would not comply so the next step is the least amount of force necessary to accomplish the objective. He did the right thing the right way!!! Granny had a tazzing comning! I bet she'll comply immediately next time.The old lady caused this problem, she brought it on herself!!! You that think otherwise are the reason this country is in the shape it is now, with no respect for laws and common decency. If you don't like the police here-move-to any other country and see how many civil rights you have. In some countries they would have found her body buried in a hole some day. I was really waiting for her to say "I ain't did nothing and the neighbors to NOT SEE anything". Same ones who think granny is a victim!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2009 at 06:09 PM
    There's no way the officer could have "won" in this situation. The lady broke the law and refused to cooperate. There isn't an age where you become above the law. Whether she was 72 or 32, it makes no difference. She was trying to get back in the car and drive away, disregarding the fact the officer was reprimanding her with a citation. Well, ...you just can't do that. No matter who you are, how old you are, what race you are, etc. At 72, she really should have known better. The officer was well within his duty to use the taser.
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Jun 14, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    70 and up is elderly! Granny had a shocking personality!
  • by whitley Location: Greenville on Jun 14, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    Had this been an elderly person it might bother me some but the woman is only 72. When she gets older I hope she'll mature beyond such poor behavior.
  • by Carrie Yokey Location: E Isle on Jun 13, 2009 at 07:50 PM
    Dat police man knew he shouldnt have been tasin' dat old woman...
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