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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- An accused rogue cop is out on bond Friday, arrested for targeting minority drivers.
"Making traffic stops, stopping vehicles and then issuing them traffic citations for crimes they didn't commit, infractions they didn't commit," said Wayne Ivey, FDLE.
However, Friday friends of Melbourne police officer, Frank Carter, both in and out of law enforcement are staunchly defending him.
One friend risked his job to tell Eyewitness News that Carter is not racist.
Anyone who has a ticket from Carter could fight it, but they'd have to go to court to do so.
Eyewitness News put in a public records request to see how many tickets Officer Carter wrote since last July. Many tickets that may have been part of the FDLE investigation were not included. That leaves just seven traffic stops some with multiple infractions and people who were both white and black.
"Thats not part of the Frank I have known as a friend," friend Jamie Rocque said.
Jamie Rocque has known Officer Frank Carter for years, they were roommates and co-workers. He says he watched Carter take black children under his wing and never considered their race.
"We never looked at it that way, it was just helping out a kid," Rocque said.
Carter turned himself into the Brevard County jail Thursday afternoon where the FDLE arrested him on charges of official misconduct and falsifying records.
Investigators say Carter pulled drivers over and wrote tickets for traffic infractions that didn't happen. The Melbourne Police Department said "The criminal charges emanate from traffic stops and subsequent citations made on people of color.
Rocque, a Melbourne police sergeant, talked to us while off duty, knowing he could be disciplined himself for speaking up.
He said he wasn't privy to the criminal investigation, but said Carter doesn't discriminate or use racial profiling.
"He works in a black community, that doesn't make him racist," he said.
Several years ago Carter was asked to patrol beachside communities after black leaders met with the chief and complained about his conduct.
But his friends are now rallying behind him.
"He treats everybody the same," friend Brian Ferguson said.
Brian and Eddie Ferguson suspect there were other motives at work.
"I would say politics because he has a lot of politician friends," Eddie Ferguson said.
Eyewitness News learned Carter has been the subject of nearly three-dozen internal affairs investigations over his 21-year career, almost all of which were determined to be unfounded.
In 2006, Carter was named the department's Humanitarian of the Year.