A veteran Platte City police officer was suspended
then later placed on administrative leave after
his alleged behavior at a disturbance call late
Sgt. David Leach, 57, was off duty at the time
of the incident, which took place inside and later
outside of a local tavern in the 200 block of
Platte City's Main Street.
According to Platte City Police Chief Joe McHale,
authorities responded to a reported disturbance
at the establishment at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday
night. Leach and his wife, Nicole, 36, were inside
the bar at the time of the disturbance. Nicole
Leach allegedly struck another female patron and
faces municipal charges of assault and resisting
arrest, according to McHale. She posted $500 bond
on the charges.
The chief explained that after the arrival of
authoritieswhich included McHale, three
Platte City officers, three Missouri State Highway
Patrol troopers, and five Platte County deputiesLeach
tried to walk toward the troopers outside the
establishment but fell and suffered cuts to his
face. McHale said Leachwho according to
the chief appeared to be intoxicatedalso
allegedly urinated on the street.
Leach has been charged in state court with hindering
a state trooper in the performance of his duty,
McHale said. Leach was taken to the hospital after
his fall where his cuts were treated, then was
transported to the Platte County Jail where he
was held overnight.
McHale said that on Monday morning he suspended
Leach pending a review by the Platte City Board
of Aldermen. The suspension, McHale said, was
the result of "intoxicated behavior in public."
In an executive session held at their regular
meeting Tuesday night, aldermen allowed Leach
to come off suspension and be placed on administrative
McHale said Leach will be paid using his accrued
vacation and compensatory time until the next
aldermen meeting, set for Feb. 22, when the situation
will be reviewed again at what McHale referred
to as a "fitness for duty hearing."
Leach will not resume his status as a police officer
until that determination is made, the chief said.
Leach's first court appearance on the charge
is scheduled for March 15. After the court is
done with the case, McHale said he will review
the situation again for potential further disciplinary
action from a personnel standpoint.
"He hasn't been convicted of anything yet,"
McHale emphasized. "It's a regrettable situation,
the courts are looking at it and we'll do an investigation."
McHale remarked that Leach has been an officer
that seems to be well-respected, well liked, "and
in some cases even well-loved" by the public.
The two worked together at the Kansas City Police
Department as well.
"Dave has been an exemplary officer for
Platte City and Kansas City for over 35 years.
He does an extremely good job. He has never caused
me a moment's embarrassment on duty," McHale
"This is uncharacteristic for him and has
caused him a great deal of personal embarrassment,"
the chief told The Landmark.
Leach, known to display a friendly and outgoing
personality in his contact with members of the
public, spent many years as a motorcycle officer
with Kansas City. When the City of Platte City
recently agreed to lease a Harley Davidson motorcycle
to use on patrol, Leach was designated as its