AUSTIN, Texas – A 72-year-old woman whose Tasering by a deputy constable was captured on video and shown nationwide has accepted a $40,000 settlement offer from a Texas county.
Kathryn Winkfein was shocked with a stun gun after she dared the constable to do so during a May traffic stop. At one point, she sought more than $135,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses and humiliation.
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The Austin American-Statement reports that Travis County commissioners made the $40,000 counteroffer.
Precinct 3 Constable Richard McCain says an internal investigation found no violations by the deputy constable and a resisting-arrest charge is pending against Winkfein.
He calls the settlement "a miscarriage of justice."
But Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe says defending a lawsuit would have cost more than $40,000.