The youngest son of 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine was arrested over the weekend for causing a disturbance at a Pro-Trump rally. Linwood Kaine was among a group of counter-demonstrators who were trying to disrupt the “March 4 Trump” gathering at the Minnesota state capitol in St. Paul. Linwood, who goes by the nickname “Woody,” was one of five people taken into custody after lighting off fire crackers and smoke bombs, according to NBC News.
The rally drew a crowd of 300 to 400 and was part of a nationwide series of demonstrations in support of the 45th President of The United States. However, a competing group showed up to voice their disapproval of the controversial former reality TV star turned Right Wing political phenomenon. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson told NBC News on Saturday that approximately "50 anti-Trump protesters started a big fight in our rotunda area," before the arrests were made.
A police report says "five or six people all dressed in black clothing from head to toe" lit smoke bombs and firecrackers and blew air horns, before fleeing. Officers chased the splinter group down, and a chemical irritant was used to subdue Kaine when he resisted arrest, according to USA Today.
Linwood Kaine was taken into custody on suspicion of felony second-degree riot, but released Tuesday without being charged. Police were apparently unaware he was the son of Virginia state Senator Tim Kaine until being notified by the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, and were never contacted by the elder Kaine’s office. Linwood lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, where his father was born. He is one of three children of Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton. His older brother Nat is a United States Marine. Following Linwood’s arrest, Senator Kaine and his wife issued a statement, saying: "We love that our three children have their own views and concerns about current political issues," and that they "fully understand the responsibility to express those concerns peacefully."
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