"For them to take his life in the prime of his life is wrong," said Diane Smith, David Smith's mother.She said what happened to her son was mean, cruel and unnecessary. See video (embedded version not available).
"What gives man the right to take another person's life for something as simple as a little disorderly conduct at a gym that you were a member of?" she continued.Diane Smith said her son loved to play basketball at the downtown Minneapolis YMCA. His sister Angela said he was known there. That's why his family is having a hard time understanding.
Gorman and Callahan were placed on standard paid administrative leave, but they are now back at work and the investigation continues.
His family believes there is more to the story. They want to know why he had to die this way.
"I could have seen it if he had a gun. I could have seen it if he had a knife, throwing it at them. I wish they would have shot my son in his leg, anything, sprayed him with pepper spray. He's not a very big guy anyway and he's not a violent guy," Diane Smith said.David Smith's mother and sister said there were no drugs or alcohol found in his system.