NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have released dash camera footage from North Charleston police cruisers showing Michael Slager tasing a man following a traffic stop in 2014.
The newly released videos shows Slager responding to a traffic stop in North Charleston to assist an officer.
At one point during the video, officers are seen attempting to get the driver, identified as Julius Wilson, out of the car. The video shows Slager tasing Wilson after officers remove him from the car.
On Monday, Wilson's lawyer said his client's civil rights were violated in the traffic stop. Wilson's lawyers announced last week they were filing a lawsuit against Slager for the August 2014 incident.
Wilson claims Slager tased him while two other officers held him down during the traffic stop.
Wilson is filing a civil lawsuit against Slager, two other officers, Police Chief Eddie Driggers and the North Charleston Police Department for excessive force, reckless indifference and gross negligence.
"It's more than Slager and what he did, just all bad, corrupt cops," Wilson said Monday afternoon.
During a press conference on Monday, Wilson's attorney, Nick Clekis, said his client's civil rights were violated in the incident.
"He pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, but in the process of that arrest he was also tased after he had been put into submission by the officers," Clekis said.
Wilson said Walter Scott's shooting gave him courage to come forward, and said anyone else victimized by Slager should come forward.
"I grew up in South Carolina and during my lifetime I have witnessed violent acts by police officers," Wilson said."Without proof of such acts, the word of police officers was always taken over the word of victims forced to endure the violent acts. The video shows, I myself have been a victim of such force by the police."
Attorney John Gentry, who is also working Wilson's case, said the issue is whether Slager was justified in tasing Wilson while face down on the ground and being held down.
The lawsuit accuses Slager, Officer Bradley Woods and Officer Jerome Clements of forcibly pulling Wilson out of his vehicle then forcibly restraining him on his stomach face down on the pavement.
The suit alleges Wilson had his hands above his head, palms facing down against the pavement, not moving or resisting the officers, but that as the other two officers were attempting to place Wilson's hands behind his back, Slager said, "Watch out! I'm going to tase!" and then shot Wilson in the back with the weapon.
On Monday, North Charleston police officials released the police reports on the Aug. 25, 2014 incident.
Woods said he conducted a traffic stop in the area of Rivers Avenue and Dorchester Road on Wilson's car for a broken side brake light.