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.
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.