Mannequin Challenge becomes powerful message on police brutality

A powerful new 'Mannequin Challenge' video highlights the Black Lives Matter cause.

In the short video directed by online actor and producer Simone Shepherd, the camera pans across several frozen scenes as a heartbeat pulses in the background.

The vignettes depict key moments from the past months and years: shootings and fatalities, including those of Philando Castile, Sandra Bland and Alton Sterling; Trayvon Martin with his Skittles and hoodie up; San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem; and Black Lives Matter protesters with their fists raised.

Throughout the video, police tape recordings are played along with Malcolm X’s 1964 speech that included the words, “We want justice by any means necessary.”

Many online applauded the use of a social media trend to send a real and powerful message.

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