Video: Tasered grandma hires attorney

updated 10/1/2009 11:27:58 AM ET 2009-10-01T15:27:58

A Texas county offered a $40,000 settlement to a 72-year-old grandmother 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, wanted $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 said the incident is being reviewed by the district attorney's office, and a resisting-arrest charge was pending.

An internal investigation found no violations by the deputy constable, McCain said.

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

The woman's lawyer, Tom Tourtellotte, said he will discuss the counteroffer with his client.

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