Paul Detrick has been producing short documentaries at Reason TV since 2009 out of Los Angeles, California, and his work covers police militarization, privacy, civil liberties and First Amendment issues.
His most recent short documentary is Juggalos vs. the FBI: Why the Fans of Insane Clown Posse are Not a Gang, and explores why the music fans are misunderstood as criminals. The piece received positive attention and was called "dope" by Insane Clown Posse.
Detrick's piece LA County Sheriffs Hassle Photographer, Trample Constitution, Get Lauded by Bosses, takes a look at First Amendment rights in the wake of the War on Terrorism and local law enforcement's new role in suspicious activity reporting. The piece was a 2013 finalist for a Western Publishing Association MAGGIE award and was the winner of a 2013 Southern California Journalism Award for best investigative television news piece.
In 2011, Detrick wrote and produced several documentary shorts about the Kelly Thomas police beating, protests and trial in Orange County, Calif., including Cops vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas and the Power of New Media and Outraged Fullerton citizens react to Kelly Thomas beating tape.
Other stories have included The Real Breaking Bad: How the Drug War Creates Collateral Damage,Transplant Denied: How Medical Marijuana Policy Kills Patients, and Cops with Machine Guns: The Killing of Michael Nida.
Detrick previously lived in Washington D.C. where he avoided wearing blazers. He studied political science and english at the University of California, Irvine, and is originally from Lakewood, Calif.