Tim Kaine's Son Among 8 Antifa Protesters Charged in Connection With Anti-Trump Violence
The son of former vice presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) is facing three misdemeanor charges after disrupting a “March for Trump” rally in St. Paul, Minnesota. Seven other protesters were also charged, two with felonies.
Linwood “Woody” Kaine, 24, was charged Friday with one gross misdemeanor count of obstructing the legal process and misdemeanor counts of fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public, according to a criminal complaint from the Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office.
The obstruction charge carries a fine of $3,000 and a possible sentence of up to one year in prison, according to the 2016 Minnesota Statutes.
The complaint alleges that 75 to 125 counter-protesters showed up at a rally on March 4, 2017, to confront people supporting President Donald Trump. Police claim they saw a small group of five to seven protesters hide behind a bush to put on black clothing and cover their faces with masks or black cloth.
St. Paul Police Senior Commander Steven Frazer described the clothing as “an indication of people who identify as anarchists and often commit criminal acts such as assaults, criminal damage to property, and riot at protest-related events.”
Later, the protesters entered the state capitol, where police said they began “chanting, yelling, blowing whistles, using air horns and confronting Trump supporters.” During the demonstration, one officer saw smoke coming from the west steps. A Trump supporter told them a person dressed in all black had thrown a smoke bomb.