New Mexico Civil Guard founder Bryce Provance sits for deposition

Bryce Provance wore what appeared to be a Civil War era suit and overcoat when he presented himself at a law office in Albuquerque on March 3.

Provance, who is known by a few aliases, was there to give a deposition for a civil lawsuit against the New Mexico Civil Guard, an armed paramilitary group he founded. Also present was the defendants’ counsel, Paul Kennedy.

After taking his seat, Provance pulled out some papers and laid them on the table.

Among them was a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the cover of a book by Milton William Cooper titled “Behold a Pale Horse,” a 1991 work that is popular among adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory and others harboring anti-government sentiments.

Demonstrators climb the statue of Don Juan de Oñate in Old Town in Albuquerque, NM, while an armed member of the New Mexico Civil Guard stands by during a protest calling for the removal of the likeness of the controversial New Mexico explorer Monday, June 15, 2020.

The papers also included a sexually explicit stick figure drawing depicting a devilish figure surrounded in flames controlling three marionettes while a fourth figure, labeled “Georgetown Law,” performs a sex act.

Nearby, a stick figure labeled “me” is shown engaging in a sex act with another stick figure. In a word balloon, the figure states, “Thank you, Bryce.”

When asked by the plaintiffs’ attorney to explain the drawing’s relevance, Provance said, “It’s to make me smile while I have to look at you.”

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