Published: Jul 15, 2014 4:50 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2014 6:29 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - WINK News is digging into the personnel files of the Cape Coral police officers involved in a controversial arrest.

Cell phone video shows the night 20-year old Travis Robey was arrested. He was booked on drug charges and also for striking an officer.

The video, taken by Robey's friend doesn't show much, but his family says what you hear is proof that officers mistreated their son.

Each officer has received recognition from the department, and has been nominated for awards. Out of the four, two of them have been disciplined in the past by the department

The police report says Cape Coral officer Dustin Green struck Travis Robey in the leg with a baton because Robey was resisting officers and trying to punch them. 

According to his family, the impact broke Robey's leg. WINK News didn't find any past disciplinary action against Green from the department.

According to the report, officer Georgeann Lytle also struck Robey in the buttocks before he was arrested.

WINK News has reported on Lytle before, in 2010. An internal affairs investigation revealed Lytle, who was then a sergeant, was demoted to patrol officer and stripped of two days pay.

It happened after she had two police officers pull over her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend outside a Cape Coral bar. That ex-boyfriend was a former detective with the department

Another officer involved in Robey's arrest is officer Hugh Esterle.


He received a notice of corrective action in 2011 and a 12 hour suspension without pay. According to documents, the violation was for improper use of lethal force.

The officers involved, according to Robey's arrest report, tased, pepper sprayed and hit him as a way to get him under control and arrest him.

WINK News did reach out to the Robey family today. They say they are getting a lot of support from people in the community, who also believe the 20-year old was mistreated by the police department.

The department is conducting an internal affairs investigation into his case.