When a veteran Braintree police captain sought town meeting approval in 1986 to stall his mandatory retirement, Judith Bishop was among town meeting members to support him.
When a veteran Braintree police captain sought town meeting approval in 1986 to stall his mandatory retirement, Judith Bishop was among the town meeting members to support him.
A Patriot Ledger article published on May 14, 1986, quoted Bishop voicing her support for Capt. Charles Solimini at the spring town meeting vote.
Seven months later, another Solimini on the Braintree force, patrolman Ron Solimini, and another officer apprehended Bishop’s daughter, Amy, in a brief but tense standoff with the armed 21-year-old. Patrolman Solimini’s relationship to Capt. Solimini could not be determined Thursday.
Amy Bishop had just shot and killed her 18-year-old brother, Seth, which police soon determined had been an accident. Following Bishop’s arrest last week in Alabama on murder charges for allegedly shooting to death three colleagues, the handling of the 1986 investigation has come under scrutiny.
The Ledger article describes 65-year-old Capt. Solimini’s unsuccessful attempt to keep working as a police officer until age 70 – five years beyond his mandatory state retirement age.
Bishop addressed the crowded meeting before a vote was taken and was quoted as saying, “He’s the youngest 65-year-old I’ve seen in a while. He’s not looking forward to retiring.”
Solimini’s petition was defeated by a 84-74 vote.
The Patriot Ledger