's the gruesome fatal shooting caught on camera that shocked the nation. Now just over a year later, Michael Slager, the white ex-cop who shot black motorist Walter Scott 8 times in the back, indicted on federal charges on Wednesday, including a civil rights violation and a charge of lying to investigators.
After wiping tears away, Scott's mother said she was thankful that justice was being done.>> I thank God that my son was the one that was used to pull the cover off of all the violence and the coverups and all that has been going on.>> A lawyer for Scott's family calling the federal charges against Slager a rare instance of US prosecutors taking action in a case involving alleged misconduct by a police officer.
>> This is historic. It should not be taken lightly. What happened today is that the Federal Government said it stops now. Police brutality stops now.>> In April of 2015, Slager pulled over Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, for a broken tail light. Then shot and killed Scott when he fled.
Slager later falsely told investigators that he fired his weapon when Scott came toward him with a taser, but the video told a different story. Slager, who was fired from the North Charleston Police Force after the shooting was previously charged with murder in state court. He maintains his innocence in that case, which is scheduled to go to trial in October.
Wednesday's federal civil rights violation carries a potential maximum sentence of life in prison.