DETROIT – Two public screenings of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will take place this week, following his death after a weeks-long battle with COVID-19.
The public can pay their final respects to Napoleon, who served as Wayne County Sheriff for over a decade, today, December 28, until 8 p.m. at Swanson Funeral Home, 806 E. Grand Blvd. in Detroit, according to the obituary page of the funeral home. A second visit will take place from 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesday, December 29 at the Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit. Face masks and social distancing are required at both events.
A private funeral service will be held later this week; it will be broadcast live, FOX 2 Detroit reports.
Napoleon, 65, died at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on December 17. It was admitted to hospital for treatment of COVID-19 on November 20 – a day after announcing that he had tested positive for the virus. He remained hospitalized until his death.
Napoleon was appointed Wayne County Sheriff in 2009; he won several nominations for re-election. He was Detroit Police Chief from 1998 to 2001. In 2013, Napoleon ran for mayor of Detroit; he lost to current mayor Mike Duggan. He has lived all his life in Detroit.
Leaders across the state have expressed their sadness upon the death of Napoleon, including Duggan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Wayne County Attorney Kym Worthy and Reverend Dr. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP.