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- 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.
"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."
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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."
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Detroit Free Press, Michigan man in now-famous Capitol protest photo: ‘I didn’t scream in anybody’s face,’ May 5, 2020
BBC, Proud Boys and antifa: When a right-wing activist met a left-wing anti-fascist, March 8, 2019
The Hill, Bookstores, libraries and book fairs targeted by white nationalists: report, April 30, 2019
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