Three police charged after man’s neck broken during 2017 arrest

Three police have been charged by Victoria’s anti-corruption watchdog over an incident in which a man’s neck was broken during an arrest.

The three officers have been charged with negligently causing serious injury, almost four years after Chris Karadaglis’ neck was broken while he was being arrested at his home in Warrnambool in November 2017.

Chris Karadaglis’ was left paralysed from the neck down.Credit:Eddie Jim

Police had been called to the 47-year-old’s home to respond to a noise complaint. Mr Karadaglis was left paralysed from the neck down after he was allegedly handcuffed, put in a headlock and brought to the ground.

“The charges follow an IBAC investigation, Operation Blackmore, into an incident that occurred in Warrnambool in November 2017,” the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

The matter is to go before Warrnambool Magistrates Court on November 1.

The Age and 60 Minutes wrote about the incident in 2019 as part of a major investigation into Victoria’s police oversight system.

At the time, Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett, who is in charge of Victoria Police’s professional standards command, described Mr Karadaglis’ interaction with the three uniformed officers as a “life-changing experience, devastating for the family of that individual”.

The latest charges from IBAC come two weeks after a leading senior constable was charged with recklessly causing injury and common assault relating to a separate incident in Warrnambool.

That incident occurred last July while the officer was on duty. The officer’s first court appearance is scheduled for Warrnambool Magistrates Court on October 4.

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