In a chilling video, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence reenacts the Trayvon Martin shooting to fight Stand Your Ground laws.
The minute-and-a-half PSA shows actors playing out the tragedy of Trayvon’s killing in darkness. It portrays Zimmerman following Trayvon Martin, and Trayvon on the ground with his hands up as a flashlight beams.
It uses audio from the 911 calls made in Sanford, Florida that night which gives the clip an authentic and eerie feel. You can hear Zimmerman’s call to 911 where he is told to stop following the unarmed teenager as well as calls from a neighbor about screaming outside which ends with gunshots.
But it doesn’t end with just Trayvon Martin’s lifeless body on the ground. Instead, 26 corpses lay on the ground in hoodies, representative of the 26 states that enforce “Stand Your Ground” laws.
Ladd Everitt, Director of Communications for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told The Huffington Post that “stand your ground” laws “have essentially legalized murder.”
The group said in a statement: “We hope our ‘Stand Your Ground’ PSA will mobilize new activism on the issue and bring us to a point where our laws are acting to protect victims, as opposed to creating new ones.”