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Taser Granny Wants $135,000 For Her Pain

AUSTIN, Texas (CBS/AP) Need money fast? You may want to consider being tasered by police.

A Texas county has offered a $40,000 settlement to a 72-year-old woman whose Tasering by a deputy constable was captured on video and shown nationwide.

Kathryn Winkfein, who was shocked with a stun gun after she dared the constable to do so during a May traffic stop, wants $135,000 for pain and suffering, medical expenses and humiliation.

But Travis County commissioners on Tuesday approved $40,000 as their "firm" counteroffer.

Precinct 3 Constable Richard McCain says the incident is being reviewed by the district attorney's office, and a resisting-arrest charge is pending.

McCain says an internal investigation found no violations by the deputy constable.

Video of the incident appeared on YouTube and newspaper Web sites.

Winkfein's lawyer, Tom Tourtellotte, says he will discuss the counteroffer with his client. Tasers are manufactured by Taser International in Scottsdale.

  • Edecio Martinez

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