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Visitation begins for late Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon

Wayne County

Mourners paid their respects to the late former Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon at a Detroit funeral home on Monday.

Napoleon died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19. He was 65.

Napoleon was a longtime prominent figure in Metro Detroit law enforcement and politics. After joining the Detroit Police Department in the 1970s, he rose through the ranks to become police chief in 1998, serving in that position for three years.

Napoleon later served as Deputy Wayne County Executive, and was appointed as sheriff in 2009, serving in that role until his death. He ran unsuccessfully for Detroit Mayor in 2013.

Napoleon’s death has drawn condolences from political leaders across Michigan, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. His visitation services continue on Tuesday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, followed by a private family funeral, which will be livestreamed.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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