Mount Prospect, IL – A school resource officer was dismissed by the district after she spoke in support of keeping the Thin Blue Line image on the Mount Prospect Police Department’s patch.
Mount Prospect Police Officer Lisa Schaps was a school resource officer at Prospect High School when she spoke at a village board meeting on June 15, FOX News reported.
The police department had incorporated the Thin Blue Line image into the Mount Prospect police patch in 2017 as a sign of respect for fallen officers.
But recently, some community members complained about the presence of the image on the Mount Prospect police patch, so the village board held a public meeting to discuss it, Journal & Topics reported.
Critics incorrectly claimed the Thin Blue Line image represented white supremacy and hate.
Officer Schaps, a 15-year veteran of the police force, appeared at the public meeting and told the village board that when she sees a Thin Blue Line flag in the community “it is about support. I know that those people care about the police.”
She said the incorporation of the Thin Blue Line into the police patch “was never about hate. It was never about oppression.”
“That is never what it meant, and those were never our intentions,” Officer Schaps said.
The officer asked the community not to judge Mount Prospect police on officers elsewhere, Journal & Topics reported.
“We are good people,” she told the board. “We are here to serve and protect, and I think that if you judge us on the actions of a few bad officers or groups that have taken our flag and used that, it is no different than judging somebody on the color of their skin, on their religion, or on their sexual preferences.”
“The way that we have seen people of color be treated by police officers, if you think that that doesn’t enrage us and anger us, then you are wrong, because the men and women here in Mount Prospect do not treat our citizens that way,” Officer Schaps continued.
And it was exactly that statement that got the officer called into the principal’s office on June 24, FOX News reported.
“They had mentioned that I compared being a police officer to being black when I really didn’t say that,” Officer Schaps explained. “I said, ‘Please don’t judge us like you would judge somebody on the color of their skin or their religion or their sexual preference.’”
She said Prospect High School Principal Greg Minter and the school district told her that her comments had become a distraction and they had received complaints from parents, FOX News reported.
“It was really about the judgment and they just said that that was inappropriate,” the officer explained.
Mount Prospect Police Chief John Koziol told FOX News he was shocked by Officer Schaps dismissal from the school.
Chief Koziol said he attended the meeting with the principal to support Officer Schaps and told the school administrator he should refer any complaints about school resource officers to the police department.
But he told FOX News Minter wasn’t having it and said “We want a new SRO, and we want Lisa gone.”
Chief Koziol said he thought the school had made a terrible decision and said that Officer Schaps was a popular and effective asset on campus.
“If the wolf ever came to the door at that school, she’s the mama bear you wanted there,” the police chief said.
The school district pushed back against claims they had “fired” Officer Schaps and said they didn’t have the authority to terminate her, FOX News reported.
However, School District 214 did admit they had suggested a different officer be assigned to Prospect High School.
Chief Koziol said he was most upset by how fast the anti-police movement had grown, FOX News reported.
He said people needed to stop judging all police by the bad actions of a few.