What If There Were Cameras?

Kelly Boyce Hurlbert was dragged to her death by a vehicle on Washington Street during the Cherry Festival in 2013.

What if the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office had dash and body cams at that time?

Would a camera a few blocks away on a police vehicle have captured an image of a vehicle fleeing the scene? Would a body camera on an officer responding to a nearby call have seen a vehicle with damage nearby?

We’ll never know, because Grand Traverse County Sheriff Tom Bensley didn’t believe in cameras then, and he doesn’t believe in them now.

They don’t have a reason to have cameras, he says.

Would solving hit and run accidents be a reason to have cameras, Sheriff Bensley? What if we can bring justice for the next victim and their family? Is that a good reason?

Traverse City is getting body cameras. Sheriff Bensley’s stance is indefensible.

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4 thoughts on “What If There Were Cameras?”

  1. I agree 100% with your statements. Bensley is bad for TC Justice!
    That said, has anyone noticed that the police can and do solve crimes with very little to almost zero evidence everyday , and they have been chasing theories for what, 10 years? They find people with one single hair, or via tracing phones, or-in this case they have pieces of a car……the fact that in ten years gives me reason to ask: Have they really, in fact, known all along who it was, but are not bringing charges because….( fill in the blank). But here are a couple idea’s: Because it was an off duty cop- they drink and drive and this was very close to a bar they have been seen doing so….and: Cant find enough evidence is, simply put, bullshit!

  2. What if the vehicle that killed her was police vehicle which was stripped at a local scrap yard and completely covered up….. Right BENSLEY?

  3. I have always had a gut feeling a local police officer was involved in the killing of Kelly. I think the officer saw a beautiful young lady ride by on her bike and decided he would hit on her. When Kelly rejected him, the officer got scared about being reported and decided he had to silence her permanently. I believe the true article that follows is eerily similar to what happened to Kelly with the suv being the murder weapon.

    Ex-Monroe police officer confessed to murder

    CHARLOTTE – A former Monroe police officer, serving a life sentence for murder in the 1997 death of a cocktail waitress he’d pulled over in his police cruiser, confessed four years ago to killing the woman after years of vehement denials.

    Josh Griffin told an agent with the State Bureau of Investigation in 2001 that he killed Kim Medlin, former Union County District Attorney Ken Honeycutt and former Monroe Police Chief Bobby Haulk told The Charlotte Observer.

    “The statement was essentially a confession to the murder. He just minimized his actions,” said Mr. Honeycutt, who has a transcript of what Mr. Griffin told the agent.

    Ms. Medlin, 26, disappeared while driving to her Union County home about 3 a.m. on March 29, 1997, from her job at a Charlotte strip club. Her red Jeep was found about 4 a.m. at the side of a road with the engine idling and the lights burning. Her purse and cash were on the seat, but she and her driver’s license were missing.

    Ms. Medlin’s body was found the next day in a field at the end of a deserted cul-de-sac. She had been strangled and her neck was broken.

    Prosecutors said Mr. Griffin was a stalker who had seen Ms. Medlin months earlier and commented on her good looks. Mr. Griffin, then 23, was off-duty but was wearing a uniform and used the blue lights on his cruiser to stop Ms. Medlin, prosecutors said.

    Mr. Griffin drove Ms. Medlin to the deserted industrial road, prosecutors said. When she tried to flee, they said, he hit, stomped, and strangled her. Investigators found shoeprints on the back of her sweatshirt.

    In the confession, Mr. Griffin admitted the shoeprints were his, Mr. Honeycutt said. He said he threw his boots in a retail store’s trash bin and cut up Ms. Medlin’s license and flushed it down a toilet.

    Mr. Griffin claimed he owed drug dealers money for steroids and was told he could pay the debt by stopping Ms. Medlin and turning her over to them, Mr. Honeycutt said. Mr. Griffin said he killed Ms. Medlin while the drug dealers were holding them at gunpoint.

    Mr. Griffin was unable to describe the drug dealers.

    “He basically said one was kind of average looking and the other sort of ordinary looking,” Mr. Honeycutt said. “That’s not the way police officers are trained to describe people.”

    Mr. Haulk and Mr. Honeycutt said the police officer Mr. Griffin claimed took part in Ms. Medlin’s killing had an alibi. The SBI again interviewed him, they said, and he passed a polygraph test.

    The SBI on Wednesday would only say its agents conducted interviews based on statements made by Mr. Griffin after he was convicted.

    Mr. Griffin, 32, is serving his sentence at the Hoke Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison near Raeford. He declined to talk to the newspaper.

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