By: Renee Nal | New Zeal
“Affluenza” was a word widely used to describe Ethan Couch, who was 16 when he killed four innocent people in a 2013 drunk driving accident. A cursory Google search on Ethan Couch, the poster boy for the “wealth is evil” narrative turns up “About 528,000 results.”
The son of former Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Tim Kaine’s son Linwood Kaine, on the other hand, appears to already be out of his brief appearance in the news cycle. Linwood, or “Woody,” was clearly not interested in civil debate when he showed up to a Pro-Trump rally at the Minnesota Capitol rotunda on Saturday afternoon.
Woody, 24, clad in the uniform of the Black Bloc, allegedly participated in a violent “counter protest” where he aggressively fought with police before his arrest for “suspicion of second-degree riot.”
As reported at Pioneer Press:
“Counter protesters — some with apparent anti-fascist and anarchist leanings — clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they disrupted the permitted event with air horns, whistles and chants. Video of the scene shows a black-clad person wearing ski goggles lobbing the smoke bomb, which allegedly struck a 61-year-old woman.“
The chaos was so out-of-control that the “Minnesota State Patrol contacted St. Paul police to assist, reporting that troopers had identified five people who lit off fireworks inside the Capitol…”
The question becomes whether indoor fireworks and smoke bombs are “weapons.” And should Linwood Kaine face charges for resisting arrest?
When confronted by the police, the authors write that Kaine “wasn’t about to submit.”
According to the article,
“An officer ordered a man, later identified as Linwood Kaine, to the ground. He refused, [police spokesman Steve] 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 entire incident was captured on video, according to the article.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, who was endorsed by the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, “declined to file criminal charges as there were insufficient facts to prove felony-level riot,” opting to refer it back to the Minnesota State Patrol “for consideration of misdemeanor-level riot charges.”