Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will never forget the gun pointed at his head.
The man, who was convicted of murder in a separate case, never pulled the trigger.
“God spared me for a reason,” Napoleon said at a church campaign event last week. “I believe that reason is why I stand here today.”
Napoleon is far from the only Detroit politician to claim God is on his side.
Check out today’s Deadline Detroit for a well-researched – and often hilarious – take on other Motor City politicians who have claimed they were anointed by God to lead the city.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.