Twenty-four-year-old Linwood Michael Kaine – the youngest son of U.S. Senator and former VP nominee Tim Kaine (D-VA) – was one of six protesters who were arrested at a March 4th pro-Trump rally at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Although Linwood – who goes by ‘Woody’ – and the others were arrested on suspicion of second degree rioting charges, no charges were actually filed against them. However, the St. Paul city attorney is reviewing the case and is considering misdemeanor charges.
The ‘protest’ included someone setting off and throwing a smoke bomb that hit a 61-year-old woman (and Trump supporter) in the head; a person spraying a chemical irritant into the pro-Trump crowd; and even a group of people lighting fireworks in the Capitol building.
According to police, there were about 400 people attending the Trump rally and roughly 50 protesters trying to disrupt the event. Pioneer Press reported on the moment Linwood “Woody” Kaine encountered the police:
The Minnesota State Patrol contacted St. Paul police to assist, reporting that troopers had identified five people who lit off fireworks inside the Capitol, [St. Paul police spokesman Steve] Linders said. The State Patrol asked St. Paul officers to arrest the five.
Police approached them at a park near the Capitol, identified themselves as officers and the people ran in different directions, but officers caught up with them, according to Linders.
An officer ordered a man, later identified as Linwood Kaine, to get on the ground. He refused, Linders said.
“The officer was able to get ahold of Mr. Kaine, but he got up, squared off with the officer and the officer tried to take him to the ground again,” Linders said Wednesday. Another officer arrived and sprayed a chemical irritant toward Kaine.
“He then was taken to the ground, but continued to resist, at which point another officer deployed a knee strike to get him to cooperate with the officers and put his hands behind his back,” Linders continued. “After the strike, Mr. Kaine cooperated and was taken into custody without further incident.”
The officers were apparently not aware that they were brawling with the son of a U.S. Senator.
Tim Kaine sent out a statement through his office regarding the arrest:
“We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues. They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”
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