Controversy Erupts After Main Line Cops Tase Black Woman in Wawa Parking Lot

Plus: Eagles playoff tickets go on sale, sell out immediately. But you can still get into the game, assuming you got a nice Christmas bonus.

a video still showing lower merion police confronting a black woman in a wawa parking lot just before they tased her

Lower Merion Police confront the woman in a Wawa parking lot just before they tase her (Image via Fox 29/video embedded below)

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Controversy Erupts After Lower Merion Police Tase Black Woman In Wawa Parking Lot

The Lower Merion Police Department has long been criticized for its treatment of Black people, and an incident from Sunday isn’t helping matters.

A bystander video, first aired by Fox 29, shows Lower Merion police confronting an unarmed Black woman in the parking lot of a Bala Cynwyd Wawa on Sunday, reportedly the result of a traffic infraction. In the video, police can be seen repeatedly demanding the woman get out of the car and telling her to roll down her window.

“You put that window down now, or I’m going to break the window,” one Lower Merion cop yells at her. He then threatens to tase her, a promise later fulfilled by police.

“The cops walked up to her door with a gun pulled and ultimately tased her and dragged her out of the car,” one eyewitness told Fox 29. “How is that appropriate for a traffic stop?”

“I’m feeling frankly embarrassed — humiliated that this is going on in my community,” said another.

According to the Lower Merion Police Department, the cops’ response is under review.

“Officers encountered a non-compliant driver, who actively resisted their followup investigation,” Lower Merion Police superintendent Mike McGrath said in a statement.

No word on the identity of the woman or what charges she is facing.

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Eagles Playoff Tickets Go On Sale, Sell Out Immediately

Want to see the Eagles in the playoffs? Tickets for the first Eagles playoff game went on sale on Tuesday morning. And tickets for the first Eagles playoff game promptly sold out on Tuesday morning after a mad frenzy. Ticketmaster being Ticketmaster, hundreds and hundreds of “verified resale tickets” are already available through the site. You can pay $340 for the privilege of being on your feet for the whole game via standing-room-only tickets. Should you wish to sit in the front row right next to the tunnel where the Eagles emerge, that will set you back $6,500 per ticket.

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And from the Talk-About-a-Slaughter Sports Desk …

In the College Football Playoff championship game last night between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Georgia Bulldogs, there was some running, some passing, some fumbling, some tackling — you know the dealio. People bitched about the ban on pregame tailgating.

And psychedelic frogs.

And Georgia’s geriatric QB.

And about a certain someone being missing.

The score was 45-7 with 11 minutes left in the third quarter, and friends, I was outta there. Nobody likes to watch a massacre. We hear the final was 65-7.

Tonight, the Pistons come to town to play the Sixers at 7. And in college hoops, we’ve got Temple at Tulsa at 8 p.m. and Villanova vs. DePaul at 9 p.m. And that’s about it, folks!

The Flyers also played.

All Philly Today Sports Desk coverage is provided by Sandy Hingston.