Dakota Access protesters target general’s home

Brigadier General Scott Spellmon, heads the NW Division of US Army Corps of Engineers

People in Portland gathered outside the US Army Corps of Engineers building to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, October 31, 2016 (KOIN)
People in Portland gathered outside the US Army Corps of Engineers building to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, October 31, 2016 (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) – A group of about 20 people walked in a prayer circle outside the residence of Brigadier General Scott A. Spellmon.

Spellmon heads the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

As commander, Spellmon is responsible for the five operating districts in Portland, Seattle, Walla Walla, Kansas City and Omaha.

The group that was outside his residence told KOIN 6 News that they were “praying that Brigadier General Spellmon makes peaceful decisions” when it comes to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In an editorial with the Omaha World-Herald, Spellmon wrote that the corps “exercises jurisdiction on about 3 percent of the project — 37 miles of a 1,168-mile pipeline.”

Matt Rabe, a public affairs officer for the corps in Portland, said the gathering was “unacceptable.”

“If there are any parties with business with Brigadier General Spellmon we ask that they do it at our offices,” Rabe said.

He would not comment on whether or not Spellmon was home.

“We ask that people have respect for our employees’ privacy,” Rabe said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded and monitored the incident before leaving.

KOIN 6 News is not identifying the neighborhood where the incident took place