Hey Reddit, I was a female police officer in THE 'Bohemia', New York in 1991. Feel free to Ask me Anything!
Hey Reddit, my name is Eliana Ujueta.
The “Bermuda Triangle” of protest seems to be in the East Village – Tompkins Square Park. Every protest imaginable was at one time held there.
To tell you a quick and interesting story; When I was a cop in the East Village, a big-time drug dealer controlled E.7th Street from Avenue B-C. He had lookouts on the rooftops – which halted drug sales until police drove pass the block.
I’ve come to Reddit today to do two things, the first would be to try and promote my film and story, while the second would be to inform you that your voice in your community DOES matter. Having a voice makes a difference. Growing up in Bushwick Brooklyn no one ever seemed to get involved in police community meetings so it seemed as though they didn't matter. When I was a cop in the east village, I notice all these "New" New Yorkers would get answers, because of speaking up to authority. I noticed that it makes a difference to have a voice.
After retiring from the force, I was able to create my film ‘Beneath the Rock’ which is available here http://difion.com/details.php?v=28. In "Beneath the Rock" I use tragedy as the means to awaken a community to fight back and get answers.
Leo Mercado will be assisting me with questions as this is my first time using Reddit.
Edit: Thank you so much for all of the questions! I'm taking a break, but I will be back at 7pm EST.
Edit 2: Thank you for the questions everyone! I'm now calling it a night