Duncanville, TX (January 5, 2021) – In mid-December 2020, serious allegations of police misconduct by a Duncanville Police Officer was brought to the attention of Duncanville Police Administration by other members of its own police department. The police officer in question was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations, which involved alleged misconduct while on duty. Due to the nature of the allegations and to promote transparency, Duncanville Police Administration requested the Dallas Sheriff’s Department conduct a criminal investigation for any potential criminal activity. The Dallas Sheriff’s Department agreed to investigate this matter, and today two-year Duncanville Police Officer, Christian Pinilla, was arrested on three counts of Official Oppression, a Class A misdemeanor of Texas Penal Code, Section 39.03.

The allegations brought against this officer do not reflect the values of the Duncanville Police Department or its members. We take very seriously the public’s trust, and our employees work diligently every day to safeguard
that trust.

“While we are extremely disappointed to learn of the alleged misconduct and subsequent arrest of a Duncanville Police Officer, we are thankful the alleged misconduct was reported by other Duncanville Police Officers,” said Duncanville Police Chief Robert D. Brown, Jr. “We will not tolerate any member of the Duncanville Police Department using his/her position as a public servant to mistreat the public. We will hold ourselves accountable by taking swift action against any member of the department who violates the public’s trust.”

“This isolated incident is not a reflection of who we are as an agency and does not reflect the values of the Duncanville Police Department or its members.”

We would like to thank Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown and her team for investigating this matter in a professional and efficient manner. The criminal complaints involving this officer are being referred to the Public
Integrity Division of the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

An internal administrative investigation is also being finalized. Once completed, appropriate discipline, up to and including dismissal from the Duncanville Police Department, will be taken.

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