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Family and supporters of Timothy Cole pressing for city apology

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The city of Lubbock remains in hot water over the wrongful conviction of Timothy Cole.

Cole was a Fort Worth native and studying business at Texas Tech in 1985, when he was sent to prison. He served 14 years, then died from complications of asthma in 1999 after being wrongfully convicted of the 1985 rape of a Texas Tech student. DNA testing later proved his innocence.

In March of 2010 Texas Governor Rick Perry granted Timothy Cole a posthumous pardon. The family commends the Gov. Perry for his actions toward the case.

"I have a mother who has lost her son, who died in prison an innocent man. All she ever wanted to know is why?" said Chief Council of The Innocence Project of Texas, Jeff Blackburn.

The Innocence Project of Texas said they've tried for over a year to get depositions from the police officers who they say framed Tim Cole, but the city refused their request.

"No one in this police department has made any effort that we know of to change any of their policies, their procedures or their guidelines. The same practices that we in place back when Tim Cole was framed for a crime he didn't commit, is in practice now as far as we know," said Blackburn.

Now decades later the non-profit organization, Tim Cole's Family and other community activists are building a movement. They're calling it The Tim Cole Campaign for Truth and Justice to get an apology from the city and answers to why this happened.

"The City of Lubbock has refused to take any responsibility, they've never even apologized to the family of Mr. Cole for what happened," said Blackburn.

Jeff Blackburn said there are still a lot of unanswered questions the mother of Timothy Cole wants answered. "She wants to know who did this, she wants to know how it happened. These are the questions the city of Lubbock will not answer. Now they have a chance to do it, in public and in the open," said Blackburn.

Now the non-profit and community activists are hope to get these questions answered at an public meeting. "You can never get justice without truth. What we want know is the truth from the city of Lubbock. Once we get that I think we might be able to do some justice," said Blackburn.

The organization is passing out flyers to promote the public meeting Monday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's United Methodist Church. They hope city officials show up.

We spoke with Mayor Tom Martin and he had no comment on this issue.

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