Watervliet firefighter will be charged, officer disciplined after recorded argument

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local firefighter and police officer are under investigation after audio of a highly charged argument was recorded by the alleged victim.

The audio recording allegedly between John McCumber and Watervliet Police Officer Michael Harrington took place on Wednesday outside a local gas station.

According to McCumber, a short time later, Firefighter Sgt. James Strock also began to harass him.

“I’m two feet away. I’m two feet away, more than three. I wish you would because I’ll knock your f-in teeth apart,” Strock allegedly said.

“You’re so full of s***,” McCumber said.

Police would not confirm or deny this but McCumber says Sgt. Strock also allegedly threw a hot cup of coffee at him.

On Thursday, the Watervliet Police Department announced that Sgt. Strock will be charged with harassment due to what police called a verbal altercation. Officer Harrington will face disciplinary action.

“I’m not happy. I think that Harrington should face charges too for harassment. He clearly threatens me in the audio tape,” McCumber said.

McCumber says issues between him and officer Harrington and Sgt. Strock began after former Watervliet Police Officer Joshua Spratt was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to inappropriate sexual contact with a minor he met while serving as a school resource officer.

“The Facebook page was titled Friends of Spratt and within the first paragraph it proceeded to call the girls provacative names and derogatory names,” McCumber said.

McCumber says he and others became enraged when Sgt. Strock allegedly liked the Facebook Page in support of officer Spratt.

“You’re a f***in piece of shit,” McCumber said.

“I’m not working,” Strock allegedly said.

“It doesn’t matter you’re in uniform scumbag,” McCumber said.

“John just go,” The second officer allegedly said.

“F***in crackhead,” Sprock allegedly responded.

The Watervliet Fire Department had no comment on the incident.

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