The former policeman, who fired eight bullets—five of which hit unarmed man Walter Scott—was charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, use of a weapon during commission of a crime of violence, and obstruction of justice.
Slager chased and later shot Scott after a traffic stop in South Carolina on April 4, 2015, according to court documents.
“The indictment alleges that Slager intentionally misled [state] investigators by claiming that Scott was coming toward him with a taser at the time that Slager fired his weapon, when in truth, Scott was running away,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.
His state trial is scheduled for Oct. 31.
As far as today’s federal charges go, if Slager is convicted, he would have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison for the civil rights violation, as well as a potential $250,000 fine, according to the Justice Department.
According to ABC4 News, at the arraignment hearing that took place today at 1:30 p.m. in U.S. District Court in downtown Charleston, Federal prosecutors said that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would not be seeking the death penalty for Michael Slager.
Slager was released on $500,000 bail earlier this year and has been under house-arrest since January.
Today’s case was investigated by the FBI’s Columbia Division and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).