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Police Chief charged for not reporting Drug Crimes

A police chief in South Dakota is accused of not reporting a drug related crime earlier this year. State agents arrested Jim Chaney and he was released on $1000 bond. Mr. Chaney faces up to a year in jail and a $2000 fine if convicted.

His lawyer has not responded to requests from the press and the City Attorney declined to comment stating that it was a personnel matter.

In the US certain professional employees, such as police officers, are held to a higher standard when it comes to reporting a crime. Possible charges for failure to report criminal activity include: Accessory After the Fact, Different Degrees of Concealment, Confidentiality Laws, Obstruction of Justice, and Perjury.

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