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IM GAY License Plate Fighter Found Dead

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The Oklahoma man who filed a lawsuit seeking a license plate reading "I'm Gay" was found dead inside his Norman apartment Wednesday, two days after he formally complained that Tulsa police officers beat him outside a gay club Saturday.

Keith Kimmel, 28, launched a legal battle in February with the Oklahoma Tax Commission over the rejection of his application for a personalized license plate that said "I'm Gay." Police are now investigating the cause of his death as well as looking into his complaint of police abuse over the weekend, which he detailed in a blog post, according to the Tulsa World.

"In it, he accused several unnamed Tulsa officers of misconduct, brutality, excessive force and lack of professionalism after he apparently was thrown out of the End Up Club at 5336 E. Admiral Place," the paper reported.

Kimmel said he received injuries during the encounter with police and suffered insults about his weight and sexual orientation, according to the World.

Tulsa police will expedite their internal investigation because a death is involved.

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