A report by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department -- which patrols an area with a population more than 20 times larger than Inglewood's -- shows that deputies have killed fewer unarmed people than have Inglewood police since 2005.
Jule Dexter battled his share of problems. He struggled with a drug addiction, and in 2004 his mother sought a restraining order against him, accusing him of pushing her and stealing from her garage.
But when sober, Dexter was a joy to be around, said his aunt Patricia Hayes. "He was a big kid, but he was real gentle, real kind," she said.
A month before his death, Hayes said, Dexter completed a drug rehabilitation program and told her he was determined to provide for his 3-year-old son, whose name was tattooed on Dexter's right arm.
But by the night of June 6, 2005, Dexter was using cocaine once again, according to toxicology tests by coroner's officials.
Just after 6 p.m. he was standing outside an Inglewood liquor store with some friends when an unmarked police car pulled up. Officer Jose Estrada and Det. Louie Johnson of the city's gang detail approached Dexter's group.
What happened next is in dispute. Estrada told investigators that Dexter was slow to take his hands out of his pockets and seemed to fumble with what Estrada feared was a weapon.
But witnesses told authorities that Dexter moved his hand to pull up his pants. In a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Dexter's family, Earnestine Baldwin, a bystander, testified that she heard Dexter repeatedly beg the officer to let him pull up his pants.
The city paid $725,000 to settle the lawsuit.
"I realize they can be afraid. But they're supposed to be the skilled ones," said Hayes, a bank vice president. "What gave them the right to kill my nephew? Where is the justice?"
The district attorney's office decided not to file criminal charges against Estrada, concluding that he reasonably believed that Dexter was preparing to pull a gun and shoot him.
A panel of three Inglewood police captains decided 2 to 1 that Estrada had not violated the department's deadly-force policies. But then-Chief Julius I. Davis disagreed and suspended Estrada for 16 days.
Estrada appealed, complaining that he was not trained properly. He has asked a Los Angeles court to throw out the department's deadly-force policy because it is confusing.
Kenton Ferrin, then Estrada's training sergeant, testified during Estrada's disciplinary appeal that the policy is confusing to officers.
The department never ordered additional training for Estrada after the shooting, according to legal documents filed by his attorney.
Seabrooks said she believed the policy was clear, but added that it was being updated to make it more precise.
Investigating their own officers
Like many police agencies, Inglewood entrusts the job of investigating officer-involved shootings to its own homicide detectives. Their work is reviewed by the district attorney's office.