An Oklahoma man who made headlines earlier this year when he sued the Oklahoma Tax Commission to have “I’M GAY” printed on his license plate, was found dead in his Norman, OK apartment Wednesday morning, just two days after filing a formal complaint against Tulsa Police for improper treatment during an incident over the weekend.
Keith Kimmel, 28, launched a legal battle last month when his request for the specialized plate was turned down because the agency felt it could be considered offensive to the general public.
Police are now investigating the cause of his death, and reviewing his complaint of police abuse over the weekend, which he detailed in a blog post on his website.
According to Kimmel, officers beat him while trying to make an arrest Friday at a Tulsa club; he spent the night in the hospital.
A post on Kimmel’s Facebook page announced yesterday, “There is no way easy to say this. Keith has been staying with me for a few days, and this morning at 7:45 I found him dead in my living room chair.”
The Medical Examiner’s office has not yet determined the cause of Kimmel’s death.