By now residents of Indiana should know this story well. Keith Cooper is a man who has been fighting to clear his name of a wrongful conviction of which he's 100% innocent. But, due to delays, flaws in the system, and politicians who defend them, this quest for justice has taken nearly 20 years. He now seeks a pardon from Governor Mike Pence

In 1997, Keith was profiled, arrested, and charged with armed robbery. A corrupt detective named Steven Rezutko decided to pin this on Keith because he fit the description of the suspect. Tall. Thin. Black. These are the only similarities Keith Cooper has to the real perpetrator, Johlanis Ervin, currently serving time on a murder sentence for a separate incident.

Keith Cooper is, and has always been, an innocent man. DNA proves it. The prosecutor who originally prosecuted the case agrees. Even the victims have testified that Keith Cooper was wrongly convicted and needs to be pardoned, immediately.

Governor Mike Pence, who's recently been swept up in a presidential campaign, is making Keith jump through more hoops before he will act on the pardon request, likely leaving the duty to the next Governor.

Due to recent media coverage and the outrage that followed, Keith Cooper's case has garnered national attention. As a result, all three candidates for Governor of Indiana have pledged to pardon Keith if they were to win the seat.

While we are grateful for these pledges, we still believe Mr. Cooper should be pardoned immediately by Governor Pence, and we will continue to fight for that end.

Meanwhile, Keith Cooper is still being denied human rights, employment opportunities, upward mobility, and the basic pursuit of happiness. After 10 years incarcerated during the prime of his working life, having been torn from his wife and 3 kids, including a 1 year old at the time, and then another decade trying to find a good job as a felon, Keith Cooper is understandably struggling.

The Cooper family has never been the same after being forced to put up their house as collateral and give up everything they had to try and fight for Keith's innocence. All they've ever wanted is Keith's name to be cleared. But they deserve so much more.

We as a society need to bring as much attention as possible to Keith's story and support this man in a time of need. No longer can we let these injustices go unnoticed.

Are you your brother's keeper? If you believe Keith Cooper deserves justice but aren't convinced politicians will act, please show your support!

You can do this by pledging donations directly to the Cooper family. Keith needs our help getting back on his feet. If Mike Pence won't help this decent man by pardoning him - let's help ease some of the financial burden on Keith. You will only be charged if Pence fails to act on the pardon request before he leaves office!


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  • Marion Tiphaine endorsed

    “I cannot stand Injustice and an INNOCENT person in jail”

  • Toni Rogers endorsed

    “We are sick and tired of the disenfranchisement of African American men. Too many incarcerated for minor non violent crimes. Now an African American man, Keith Cooper is free from physical incarceration, however, mentally incarcerated. Because the felony he was accused of and imprisoned for hasn't been pardoned by the Gov Mike Pence, Mr. cannot obtain gainful employment.”

  • Caleb Walden endorsed

    “The travesties perpetrated against Keith Cooper have had devastating effects that can never be undone by time or money. But that doesn't mean we should do nothing. I pledge my support for Keith to show that Mike Pence is wrong in fighting to keep an innocent man a convicted felon.”

January 13, 2017

End of Campaign Update

Keith Cooper Supporters,

This campaign has ended. Mike Pence failed to pardon Keith Cooper before he left office on January 9th 2017. Therefore, the amount you have pledged will be withdrawn from the card you provided. Funds will be sent directly to Keith Cooper.

I want to thank those of you who have donated. Every little bit helps. And this gesture, as it was intended, will help offset the disappointment felt from the inaction of Governor Pence.

The fight to fully exonerate Mr. Cooper, whether by pardon from Governor Holcomb, or by a new trial, goes on. Keith has a hearing in Elkhart, Indiana on the 18th of March. Until that day and beyond, I hope that you will join me in contacting Governor Holcomb and ask that he honor his commitment to issue a pardon so that this chapter of Keith's life can begin to close.

You can call Governor Holcombs office at 317-232-4567. Ask him to honor his commitment to "Quickly" & "Swiftly" pardon Keith Cooper.

October 28, 2016

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Marion Tiphaine endorsed

    “I cannot stand Injustice and an INNOCENT person in jail”

  • Toni Rogers endorsed

    “We are sick and tired of the disenfranchisement of African American men. Too many incarcerated for minor non violent crimes. Now an African American man, Keith Cooper is free from physical incarceration, however, mentally incarcerated. Because the felony he was accused of and imprisoned for hasn't been pardoned by the Gov Mike Pence, Mr. cannot obtain gainful employment.”

  • Caleb Walden endorsed

    “The travesties perpetrated against Keith Cooper have had devastating effects that can never be undone by time or money. But that doesn't mean we should do nothing. I pledge my support for Keith to show that Mike Pence is wrong in fighting to keep an innocent man a convicted felon.”

  • Elizabeth Crozier endorsed