CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cell phone video of Cape Coral police making an arrest is spreading across the internet. Police arrested Travis Robey in late June. Robey's parents say the video of his arrest is proof police mistreated their son and now they want answers.
It was the early morning hours of June 29th police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot BA Hustlers.
Travis Robey's parents say their son was simply waiting for his girlfriend to get off work, and they want answers as to why police treated their son the way they did.
Witnesses say screams from this cell phone video are that of 20 year old Travis Robey. His parents posted this video on YouTube and say it was recorded from a friend.
Robeys parents tell WINK News police beat him, causing bruises and lacerations across his body, and say police officers broke his leg and showed a picture from his visit to the hospital.
But the police arrest report says Robey was medically cleared and taken to jail "in good health".
"If you can demonstrate to me how you need to break someone's leg and that's in the line of duty and have 4 officers hold a person down while they are beating him, and when he is screaming 'please stop please stop'... I don't think he was resisting at that time. I want to know why the continued assaults after that was happening," said father Troy Robey.
"I find it very difficult to grasp the concept that five fully dressed fully trained veteran officers are unable to, at that scene, contain one young man who is 150 pounds."
His father tells WINK News Robey is not a violent person, and something like this has never happened before.
Police say Robey was intoxicated and head-butted an officer.
According to a press release,
"Robey then became aggressive toward officers, punching one officer in the head above his ear. that officer attempted to deploy his taser, but the probes did not connect, Robey then struck the officer again, knocking the taser from the officer's hand."
Robey was searched, photographed, and secured in the rear of a patrol car. Suspected cannabis from his vehicle was seized and field tested positive for THC. Robey was transported to Cape Coral Hospital to be medically cleared, then later to Lee County Jail.
He is charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Resisting With Violence, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
In a statement, Cape Coral Police Chief Bart Connelly says
"As an International and State accredited agency, the Cape Coral Police Department maintains a culture of professionalism that does not tolerate the use of excessive force against any person at any time. The agency also maintains the responsibility to our community to protect our citizens and officers which unfortunately at times, involves the use of physical force.
Pursuant to agency policy, accreditation standards, and Florida State Statutes, a comprehensive internal affairs investigation will take place to establish the details surrounding the arrest of the subject, to include a conclusion of fact, which will be made public upon its conclusion. "