Paul Detrick has been producing short documentaries at Reason TV since 2009 out of Los Angeles, California, and a lot of his work covers police militarization, privacy and civil liberties. In 2011, he wrote and produced several documentary shorts about the Kelly Thomas police beating in Fullerton, Calif., including Cops vs. Cameras: The Killing of Kelly Thomas and the Power of New Media.
His most recent piece is called, LA County Sheriffs Hassle Photographer, Trample Constitution, Get Lauded by Bosses, which takes a look at the new counterterrorism role local law enforcement has been tasked with and its effects.
His piece about the debate over drone technology in American cities, called Cops with Drones: Alameda Co., CA Weighs Technology vs. Privacy, was recently cited in testimony before the House Judiciary Subcomittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. His piece about the raid on OccupyLA in downtown Los Angeles was used by the Los Angeles County Bar Association as a teaching tool for their continuing legal education series.
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, California.