Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stand Your Ground PSA Reenacts Murder of Trayvon Martin

At one point during the George Zimmerman murder trial, the prosecution attempted to reenact the shooting in the courtroom, but it was nothing like this. A new PSA from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence uses audio from the 911 calls made that night in Sanford, Florida to recreate the scene as no one has before.

In the 90 second ad, posted to YouTube Monday, you can hear portions of Zimmerman's call to 911, in which he is told to stop following Trayvon Martin, along with the call made by a neighbor about the screaming outside that ends in gunshots. Actors portray Zimmerman, Martin and the neighbor as the dramatic scene plays out in near darkness.

Instead of one body lying on ground, the camera pans over dozens of corpses in hoodies, each representing one of the 26 states that have "Stand Your Ground" laws on the books. The message echoes remarks made by Attorney General Eric Holder: "Our laws should protect victims. Not create more.

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