Sheriff's Office Denies Excessive Force in Jamell Adamson Arrest


A local social media campaign is catching fire on Facebook under the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter2.

The posting surrounds the arrest of 30-year-old Jamell Adamson, and how he ended up in jail with his face bloodied and ‘beaten.’

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder spoke with news partner CBS12 to squash accusations of abuse of force.

Snyder says a Martin County deputy tried to arrest Adamson, who he says fled on foot after striking the deputy’s arm. The deputy says he then shot the suspect with a taser and the suspect fell on his face, slamming into a small concrete wall.

But Adamson’s family claim that he also has a gash on the back of his head, and that his injuries were so severe the hospital wouldn’t let his mother into his room to see him.

Snyder says the forensic evidence proves that is not true.

Radio traffic, all arrest reports, all crime scene photos released on the case seem to support the sheriff’s version of events.

The radio traffic shows the responding deputy calling for help to treat Adamson immediately after his fall.

Adamson has a lengthy record including forging checks, assault, failure to pay child support, driving with a suspended license, and 15 plus other arrests in Martin County alone.

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