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The radio transmission is coming from a Martin County deputy late Friday night.

“Send me rescue. I’ve got head injuries. From the Taser.”

Pictures of 31-year-old Jamell Adamson before his arrest show him smiling. The ones after his arrest show a man with severe cuts and bruises along the side of his face.

“There’s absolutely no evidence that Mr. Adamson was abused in anyway by our deputy," said Martin County Sheriff William Snyder.

Friday night, Adamson was pulled over in East Stuart for running a red light. Sheriff Snyder says Adamson swatted the deputy’s arm away as he tried to arrest him.  As he started to run off, the deputy first warned Adamson to stop, then fired his taser. 

“He made it clear he wasn’t going to surrender peacefully.  So the deployment of that taser was 100% within our guidelines," said Sheriff Snyder.

Adamson fell forward, right into a low concrete wall. 

“He got hit with a taser.  That taser often times seizes people up," said the sheriff.

None of Adamsons’ friends or family wanted to speak on the record yet.

The Sheriff says the evidence supports the deputies version of the events, and he felt it was important to say something Monday.

“We know today that in some of our fragile neighborhoods, tensions can run high very fast. There was substantial facial trauma. It was an incident with a white officer and a black suspect. So it had all the ingredients for misunderstanding."

Adamson had an outstanding warrant in Martin County for forgery and has a lengthy arrest record.

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