Former Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine’s son was arrested on riot charges after crashing a pro-Trump rally this weekend. He and several others are suspected of violently attacking Trump supporters, including throwing a smoke bomb and using pepper spray on them.
Linwood “Woody” Kaine and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot on Saturday. Kaine, 24, incited the riot inside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, where a “March 4 Trump” rally was being held. Protesters violently crashed the rally, using smoke bombs and pepper spray. Video of the riot is included below.
400 Trump supporters showed up for the rally, and around 50 counter-protesters showed up.
It took three cops and a chemical spray to subdue the youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate, Saturday after he was identified as one of the counter-protesters who allegedly used fireworks to disrupt a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol.
Linwood Kaine, a Minneapolis resident who attended Carleton College and goes by Woody, resisted arrest when confronted by officers outside the Capitol grounds, according to a St. Paul police spokesman. He was released from the Ramsey County jail on Tuesday morning pending further investigation, law enforcement officials said.
Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a St. Paul native, released a Tuesday night statement through a spokesperson to the Pioneer Press.
“We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues,” he said. “They fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully.”
It appears Woody Kaine doesn’t respect cops, according to this report of how he was arrested.
The Minnesota State Patrol contacted St. Paul police to assist, reporting that troopers had identified five people who lit off fireworks inside the Capitol, 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.”
Here is video of a smoke bomb being thrown at the protest.
In this video, masked protesters are seen fleeing the protest. It is unclear which individual is Woody Kaine.
Here is more video of the riot.