Authorities in the city of St. Paul, and Ramsey County, Minnesota, have charged Linwood Kaine (24), the son of Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D). Seven other individuals have been charged with the disruption of a pro-Trump rally at Minnesota’s State Capitol in March. Young Linwood abandoned his confreres. However, the young, fleet, politico was eventually arrested by police.
 
Protesters disrupted the pro-Trump rally in March with smoke bombs, fireworks, and spraying Mace in the faces of participants in the rally. “Woody” Kaine is charged with fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in a public place. These charges are misdemeanors. However, he is also charged with obstructing legal process, which is a gross misdemeanor. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said last Friday, “When people seek to prevent others who are peacefully assembled from making their voices heard, it threatens the very foundation of our democracy.” 
 
The anti-Trump group wore black from head to toe, with goggles besides. This made them difficult to identify. However, police described the grim attire as an indication of people who identify as anarchists. When St. Paul police officer Steve Frazier gave chase to one of the black-clad protesters, he grabbed the young man, who “began to spin out of his clothing to get away,” according to a court document. When other officers arrived, Kaine “was swinging his arms and pushing at Sr. Cmdr. Frazer in an attempt to get away,” the police complaint said. Police used a  “knee strike” and a chemical spray to subdue and arrest Kaine.
 
Some of the Trump supporters at the rally Kaine disrupted were incensed that charges were so tardily lain against Kaine. Jonathan Aanestad, who was injured by a spray of Mace, told local media that he believed more than two people should have been charged with felonies. He claimed that they had engaged in “political terrorism.”
 
A statement from the office of Sen. Kaine minimized young Woody Kaine’s actions. Spokesperson Miryam Lipper said in a statement: “Today’s announcement of misdemeanor charges against Sen. Kaine’s son contains no suggestion that he engaged in disruptive behavior while at the rally, but are instead focused on his actions as he was arrested after he left.” She added, “m and Anne support their son and hope the matter is resolved soon.”
 

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