4 Zeta Ran for Sheriff of Los Angeles County in 1970
Hoping to bring attention to police brutality (how things change, right?) in the Los Angeles Police Department, Acosta ran for sheriff in 1970. His platform? Disbanding with the Sheriff Department as it existed. He knew he wouldn’t win, but he hoped his candidacy (which did garner him close to 100,000 votes) would raise awareness to the ways minority groups were being targeted by the Sheriff’s department.
5 Oscar Acosta Threatened to Sue Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson may have immortalized his trip to Vegas with Acosta in Fear and Loathing, but the fact that the novelist had turned him into a laughable caricature called Dr. Gonzo (a 300-pound Samoan lawyer) irked Acosta. This was a perfect example of a white writer cannibalizing the work and life of a brown friend and stripping him of the specificity that characterized him.