The death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman has been reenacted in a PSA protesting gun violence in America. According to an article published by MyFoxOrlando.com on Aug. 20, the video was produced by the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and uses actors to portray the incident, which occured in early 2012.
In the video, the audio of the George Zimmerman call to police is used, as well as audio from another neighbor reporting the life or death struggle to a 911 operator.
The PSA is already drawing criticism for seemingly omitting known facts, in particular failing to show Martin slamming Zimmerman's head into the concrete pavement at the housing complex in Florida where Zimmerman lived and Martin was visiting. The incident seems to be portrayed more as an instance of deadly racial profiling rather than a case of self defense.
The PSA was posted to YouTube with a link to a petition by the coalition trying to get signatures from protesters of the so called "Stand Your Ground" policy, which allows citizens in 26 states to use deadly force "when in fear of bodily harm."
The PSA ends with the Zimmerman character surrendering to police as the Martin characters lays, lifeless, on the sidewalk. As the camera pans over the scene, more bodies are shown with some of the names of the other 25 "Stand Your Ground" states hovering over their corpses.
On the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence website, the makers of the PSA explain, "Stand Your Ground laws represent a dangerous and unprecedented escalation in the use of force in the public space, allowing individuals to shoot and kill even when they could otherwise walk away safely from an altercation. Oppose this immoral legislation."
Despite efforts by the coalition to appeal to reason in a tragic case resulting in Martin's death, no mention of the fact that George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury in Florida appears anywhere in the video or on the site.
Click the video above to see the PSA.
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