David Cornelius Smith dies 10 days after shock from cop's Taser
Ten days after Minneapolis cops shocked him into submission with a Taser at the downtown YMCA, David Cornelius Smith is dead.
The controversial Taser is involved in another local death.
Smith was in the gym on the sixth floor when officers were called to remove him. The 28-year-old appeared to die at the scene, but was revived and taken to the hospital in a coma.
On Friday, he succumbed to the "medical emergency."
While cops say he punched and kicked them, his family insists Smith was an even-tempered man who often went to the YMCA to play basketball. Both officers involved were on paid leave but are now back to work.
Meanwhile, the Taser-death ticker edges up.
In 2008, former KMOJ DJ Quincy Smith died after being shocked by Minneapolis cops during a domestic dispute call. The same year in Fridley, Mark Backlund died after being tased by state troopers following a traffic accident.
All the men were in their twenties and reportedly in good health.
According to Amnesty International, 351 people have died since 2001 after Taser shocks.