She’s a great-grandmother. She’s 4’11” tall. She’s 72 years old. She’s Kathryn Winkfein of Austin, Texas.
She also now has a criminal record and has been Tased.
On May 11, she and Travis County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Bieze (pronounced B-Z) got into an altercation after Kathryn refused to sign her speeding ticket. Bieze caught her doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone, and the speeding ticket should’ve been the end of it.
But Ms. Winkfein decided she wasn’t going to sign the ticket, so Bieze told her he’d have to arrest her if she didn’t sign it. She again refused, so he told her to get out of her truck.
“Take me to jail. Go on and take me to jail,” said Kathryn to Bieze.
“Step on out,” said Bieze.
Just give me the (expletive) ticket and I’ll sign it,” said Ms. Winkfein – but it was a little too late, because Bieze already said she was under arrest.
At this point, got out of her truck and got a little close to traffic, prompting Bieze to allegedly push her out of the way (for her own safety).
“You’re going to shove a 72-year-old woman?” she yelled at Bieze.
That’s when Bieze said … get ready for this … “If you don’t step back, you’re going to be Tased.”
“Go ahead, Tase me,” said Kathy. “I dare you.”
That’s when Ms. Winkfein decided she was going to get back into her truck.
“You’re gonna get Tased,” Bieze said as he walked between Kathy and her vehicle.
“I’m getting back in my car.”
Bieze fired. Kathy screamed and went down like a … well, she went down fast.
“Put your hands behind your back!” an agitated Bieze ordered. “Put your hands behind your back or you’re gonna get Tased again!”
Ms. Winkfein had been, well, she’d been a “Chatty Kathy” with local media outlets prior to the release of the tape, claiming she was “not argumentative” with Bieze. Now that the tape is available for public consumption, she’s not longer commenting. Imagine that.
See http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/31202947#31202947 for the video of the incident.
One might say Officer Bieze was a little over the top. Others might say she deserved it. I think they were both right, to a certain degree. The county has supported Bieze, saying he was efficient and no one was permanently injured.