Marine veteran Todd Winn dressed in full uniform and stood in a one-man protest in front of the Utah State Capitol to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Winn also took a knee as he silently protested for around three hours. The black duct tape across his mouth read, “I can’t breathe.”
The phrase is in reference to the deaths of Eric Garner and George Floyd. Garner, an unarmed black man, died in 2014 in police custody. The statement was then said by Floyd before he died last month – also in police custody.
Winn also held a sign that read: “Justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Countless Others. Accountability for Failed TTPs, E of Abuse.”
Fox News explains that Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures, or TTPs, is “a military term for various policies, including when to appropriately use force.”
Winn’s girlfriend, Katie Steck, said that he “has been very angered and appalled by the injustices that have been happening.”
“Seeing a lot of things that have happened, that’s not the kind of America he wants. That’s not what he wants to represent,” she also mentioned.
According to Steck, Winn chose to protest in silence and in uniform – hoping to get his message across to some Americans “more angered by the destruction seen over the course of the past two weeks,” Fox News said in a report.
Steck added that Winn treated Friday as a day of silence.
“Steck explained Winn is a veteran who was medically discharged from the Marines and sustained traumatic brain injuries after he was injured by roadside bombs when he served in Iraq in 2005,” reported KSL.