Chilling Political Video Re-Enacts Trayvon Martin Killing

AP

A web video released this week by a group opposed to “stand your ground” laws includes a dramatic re-enactment of the Trayvon Martin killing.

The video, which was released Monday by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, includes real recordings of 911 calls made by the man who shot Martin, George Zimmerman, as well as a neighbor on the night of the killing.

As the calls play, actors portraying Zimmerman and Martin are shown on the screen. The ad, which was entitled “Stand Up To Stand Your Ground,” ends with Martin shown laying on the ground in his famous hoodie as the camera pans up to reveal other young men in hoodies labeled with the names of states that have so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws.

“Our laws should protect victims. Not create more,” says text that flashes across the screen at the end of the ad. 

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence also created a website in conjunction with the video that attributes the existence of “stand your ground” laws to the “National Rifle Association (NRA) and its partners in the American Legislative Exchange Council.” View the full ad below:

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