“It’s up to the organization how they would like to spend whatever additional money they’ve raised,” Spratt said. “That money is held in trust on their behalf and they can use it however they like. If there are emergency cases with inappropriate police intervention or criminal charges or individuals looking to contact the police over incidents of racism or hate, the expectation would be that our firm would be able to assist those individuals.”The firm would do so at a discounted rate.Whitelocke called it “an extremely good opportunity for us to be able to demand justice not just for Ntwali, but for the next person that deals with this type of behaviour because it will not be the last.”
The question might be for some why innocent people, who’ve done nothing wrong, require a lawyer. But Spratt explained that the work is more than defending against an allegation of wrongdoing, it’s about advocacy.
“It’s just really important that people know that lawyers, and especially lawyers who do criminal work do all types of work. We represent victims of sexual assault. We represent people who have been accused but there’s also important advocacy to do in the community and especially for communities that have had troubled relationships with the police,” Spratt said. “It’s always good to have an advocate to push those in power to act in the best way possible, to disclose information, to take complaints seriously and to bear witness to interactions with the police in case there are any problems in the future.”
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