Police Taser 72 Year Old Woman
On May 11, 2009, a Travis County, TX Deputy, Chris Blaze, tasered a 72-year-old woman, after she refused to sign a speeding ticket.
The deputy said that he pulled over the suspect, Kathryn Winkfein, just outside of Austin, TX on May 11 for speeding a few miles over the speed limit. After she had refused to sign the ticket (not a legal requirement), Deputy Blaze began to get rough with her, pushing and shoving her to
try and keep her compliant.
"You're going to shove me? You're going to shove a 72-year-old woman?" she asked the deputy.
In an interview with KTBC-TV in Austin, Kathryn Winkfein said she had done nothing to provoke the deputy into using the taser.
After Deputy Blaze continued being physical with her, trying to subdue the woman, she eluded his grasp. When the deputy pulled his weapon,threating to taser her, she said that it wasn't necessary.
The Sheriff's Department said that the woman became extremely combative and violent and that the deputy feared for his safety and life.
The deputy said that he warned the suspect five times before he tasered her.
A department spokesman, Sgt. Gary Griffin said that they released a video, taken the the patrol car's video camera, showing the woman swearing at the deputy, challenging him to taser her, becoming extremely combative, attempting to physically overpower the deputy.