Stand up for the facts!

Our only agenda is to publish the truth so you can be an informed participant in democracy.
We need your help.

More Info

I would like to contribute

Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 7, 2020

Michigan protest photo shows Brian Cash, not Rob Cantrall

If Your Time is short

  • The man shouting in this photograph is Brian Cash, from New Hudson, Mich.

In a widely shared photo from Michigan’s state Capitol, a bearded man yells while facing two masked police officers.

Though the protester wasn’t identified in the caption that went out with the AFP image by photographer Jeff Kowalsky on April 30, a May 5 story in the Detroit Free Press identified him as Brian Cash, a 52-year-old flooring installer from New Hudson, Mich. 

That means he isn’t right-wing activist Rob Cantrall, as recent social media posts claim. 

"This guy is Rob Cantrell (sic), longtime white supremacist and member of The Proud Boys" reads the text above an image of the photo cropped around Cash’s face. "Trump says these are good people. Rob lives in Los Angeles, but he and many others will travel if paid to take part in protests such as the one in Michigan. This is the face of MAGA. Spread their shame."

Featured Fact-check

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

Cantrall headed an Oregon chapter of the Proud Boys, a men’s organization of self-described "western chauvinists" that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called a "hate group." The Free Press describes him as "a controversial right-wing activist." 

Cash told the newspaper that he didn’t at first know who Cantrall was. But after researching it, Cash said he was upset to be associated with someone he considered a "racist."

We rate this Facebook post False.


Browse the Truth-O-Meter

More by Ciara O'Rourke

Michigan protest photo shows Brian Cash, not Rob Cantrall

Support independent fact-checking.
Become a member!

In a world of wild talk and fake news, help us stand up for the facts.

Sign me up