About 400 people attended the permitted rally to support the president at the state Capitol on March 4. But shortly after it started, a counter protest began, a news release from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office and St. Paul City Attorney said.
That counter protest was mostly peaceful – except for a few people who were covering their face and wearing goggles. They tried to get into the rally by pushing and shoving, authorities said. During the disturbance, some used smoke bombs, mace and fireworks, which created a "a chaotic and dangerous situation," the release said.
Two men were charged with felonies for the behavior, while six others – including former Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine's son, Linwood Kaine – were charged with misdemeanors. Here's a breakdown of the charges:
- Anton William Bueckert, 26, of Ontario, Canada, was charged with using tear gas and obstructing the legal process, both felonies, and third-degree riot, a misdemeanor. The Ramsey County Attorney's Office said a Minnesota state trooper broke his thumb while arresting Bueckert. There's a warrant out for his arrest.
- Francis Thomas Sagermerek, 29, of St. Paul, was charged with using tear gas and third-degree riot. He'll make his first court appearance Friday.
- Jonathan Marc Adams, 26, of Minneapolis, was charged with fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in a public place, both misdemeanors.
- Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, of Minneapolis, is charged with fleeing on foot, concealing his identity in public, and obstructing the legal process – a gross misdemeanor.
- Glenn Fredrick Kimball, 22, of Minneapolis, is charged with fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public.
- Isabell Kimball, 26, of Minneapolis, is charged with fleeing on foot, concealing her identity in public, and possessing fireworks, all misdemeanors.
- Hayley Marina Ryan, 23, of Webster, is charged with fleeing on foot and concealing his identity in public.
- Starr Antoinette Vann-Jackson, 20, of St. Paul, is charged with using an electronic incapacitation device and third-degree riot, both gross misdemeanors.
“When people seek to prevent others who are peacefully assembled from making their voices heard, it threatens the very foundation of our democracy," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement Friday announcing the charges. He added he's pleased there was enough evidence to bring charges.