Four officers involved in a violent arrest at a South Australian police station will not face criminal charges.
Confronting video, as seen above, showed the officers slamming 43-year-old Nathan Cross’ head into a counter at the Victor Harbor Police Station in February 2017.
Cross was led, barefoot and handcuffed, into the station following his arrest.
The incident soon turned ugly when the 43-year-old was slammed headfirst into the counter and knocked unconscious.
Cross suffered a deep gash to the head during the arrest and suffered a significant brain injury.
His lawyer, Andrew Carpenter, said the father-of-four’s life changed forever on the day of the incident.
“His memory’s been affected, his personality’s been affected … everything about his life has been affected,” he said.
He was then charged with assault, with officers claiming they feared he was going to headbutt or spit on them.
In the Magistrates Court earlier this year Cross was found not guilty over assault charges, prompting an internal inquiry into the officers’ conduct.
The results of that investigation were released on Wednesday, with SA Police determining that no criminal charges would be laid by the Director of Public Prosecutions against the officers involved.
Cross said he was stunned by the result and has filed for compensation over the incident.
“I don’t know why they aren’t being charged despite me suffering from lifelong injuries,” he told 7NEWS in a statement.
“There should be a detailed inquiry from ICAC and SA Police.”
Documents filed by Cross’ legal team allege the officers breached their duty of care and “attempted to cover up the assault by providing a series of false and misleading statements.”
However, lawyers acting for police want Cross’ injury claim postponed until an internal investigation is completed.