|Intro||American attorney, law enforcement officer, and politician|
|A.K.A.||Benny N. Napoleon|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||1955, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA|
|Death||17 December 2020, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA (aged 66 years)|
Benny Napoleon (1955 – December 17, 2020) was an American attorney, law enforcement officer, and politician who served as the Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan. He was also a 2013 candidate for the office of Mayor of Detroit.
Early life and education
A native of Detroit, Napoleon graduated from Cass Technical High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree from University of Detroit Mercy and Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law.
Napoleon entered the Detroit Police Department in 1975. He served as police chief from 1998 to 2001 under Dennis Archer. In 2004, he was made Assistant Wayne County Executive, and in 2009, he became Wayne County Sheriff.
2013 Detroit Mayoral election
A Democrat, Napoleon entered Detroit politics in 2013, announcing his intentions to run for mayor in the city's non-partisan primary to replace Dave Bing, who announced he would not seek re-election after the appointment of an emergency manager for the city. During the primary campaign, he referred to himself as a "businessman with a badge" . Napoleon placed second in the primary despite his most serious competition, former Wayne County Prosecutor and Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan having to run as a write-in candidate, and lost the mayoral race to Mike Duggan on November 5, 2013.
In December 2017, the Detroit Free Press obtained FBI wiretap transcripts that were unsealed in U.S. District Court. The investigation is linked to a corruption case against Gasper Fiore, the owner of Boulevard & Trumbull Towing, a large City of Detroit contractor. In December 2017, Fiore entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office, in which he agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit federal program bribery.
According to court documents, the government has probable cause that Fiore and 17 other targets were involved in several crimes, including: extortion, wire fraud, bribery, and conspiracy to distribute marijuana. FBI Special Agent Robert Beeckman wrote in a wire tap request document reviewed by the Detroit News that "Evidence has been gathered showing that crimes involving corruption have been committed by some of the target subjects, including Napoleon."
Illness and death
In November 2020, it was announced that Napoleon had tested positive for COVID-19. Napoleon was admitted to a local hospital on November 21 and placed on a ventilator. On December 17, after various sources reported that Napoleon had died, his family released a statement on Facebook that Napoleon remained in stable condition. On December 17, 2020 Napoleon died due to COVID-19.