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How a former police officer became a fugitive for 22 years while evading law enforcement while living in various forests, woods, and cities and his eventual surrender.
Cop Out (renamed Running Scared, the updated and expanded version) is a true account of how a former police officer survived as a fugitive while evading authorities and eventually surrendered to God. This narrative approach of survival and skill encompasses a diversity of stories and experiences, including life in wooded terrain and survival as a fugitive for over twenty years. This account serves as a means for the readers to envision challenges as a true survivor leading to surrender regardless of the outcome.
Please note: This author donates some of the profits from "Running Scared" to various women and children abuse organizations, such as St. Judes Childrens Hospital and the Stop Rape Crisis Center.
The "reflections" section is provided to aid readers’ understanding of this lengthy journey from periods of atheism to acceptance of God. This book is divided into time components from 1977 to 2002, sharing details of his journey as an escaped criminal from New Orleans to Canada and other notable locations in Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, California, and Florida. This story includes encounters with notable politicians and other persons of interest.
Dynamics and difficulties in relationships are discussed in great depth. Critical and integrative perspectives abound in this transformation from ghetto product to law enforcement officer to fugitive to freedom. This account would be of great interest to Christians as well as the general community.
Futhermore, the book details the corruption that existed on the New Orleans Police Department during the late seventies as well how police officers are introduced to corruption. The author has now dedicated his life to revealing and exposing bad cops. Mr. Davis currently assist citizens across the country with police brutality and abuse issues, despite the many threats placed on his life.
Foreword written by Father George Clements of Chicago, Illinois. A major motion picture was made about his life entitled, "The Father George Clements Story" starring actors Lou Gossett Jr. and Malcolm Jamal Warner.
"After my journey, freedom itself is success"
Cop Out: How a former police officer became a fugitive for over 20 years
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Cop Out: How a Former Police Officer became a Fugitive for over 20 years - Living in the Woods and Other Locations While Evading Law Enforcement and Eventually
Surrendered to God and Authorities
Reviewed By Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (2/07)
“Cop Out” is the story of Robert L. Davis. Abandoned by his father, Robert lived with his maternal grandmother and eight siblings in Hollygrove, a ghetto area of New Orleans. By the time of his high school graduation Robert had become proficient in stealing and stripping cars and was becoming entrenched in a life of crime. Two young neighbors, New Orleans police officers, influenced Robert to become a recruit for the police academy.
Corruption within the police department and the example of “bad” cops on the force gave Robert a false sense of his core values and an incident arose that caused him to be examined by the department of internal affairs. He was later arrested. While out on bail, unable to face the possibility of a 30-year sentence to Angola Prison, Robert fled.
His story of evading authorities, as a fugitive, is one of survival. He lived for months at a time in wooded areas and in National Forests. This first-person, fast-paced narrative takes Robert from New Orleans to Canada, from coast to coast.
His reflections and stories tell of significant influences of some of the people he met in bus stations, railroad yards, homeless shelters, church missions, and day job centers.
I appreciated Robert’s open, frank, approach in relating his feelings. He has made himself vulnerable.
His story is one that will create questions and cause you to seek answers. His journals are filled with a pattern of family, friends, acquaintances, and girlfriends challenging his atheism as he challenged their Christian message. The book is thought provoking for Christian and non-Christian alike.
The central truth of the book is this: the miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and the most despicable offender can never exhaust the depths of His love. As Robert experienced the miracle of God’s redemptive love, after over twenty years of flight, he surrendered, first to God and then to the authorities.
This is a remarkable story of transformation. An angry atheistic criminal was recreated to become a man with “a compassion for the poor, love to those in need, patience to the foolish, and laughter with the innocent.”
“Cop Out” is a must read book for anyone considering or involved in the area of criminal justice, faith based ministries, parole officers, gang members, and juvenile offenders. Challenging, life-changing, inspirational.
An Amazing Journey
Reviewer: Dr.Roxanne Davidson
There is a thin line between love and hate. Love brings admiration, affection or devotion. On the other hand, hate causes disgust, detestation or repulsion. When one reads Cop Out by Robert L. Davis, a myriad of emotions come to mind. Initially, you might experience heartbreak as the author reveals details of a childhood most individuals don't experience such as living in cramped quarters without a father figure, stealing to make ends meet or simply existing to endure hardship. Then as you continue the journey, you wonder how loathsome the author must have felt during his time as a law enforcement officer sworn to protect and serve, yet breaking laws himself.
Throughout the details of his journey, I sensed horror at the thought of living in wooded terrain as a nomad or drifter without family or friends. I experienced sympathy as the author condemned God and his childhood beliefs as taught by a devoted grandmother. I became nauseous as I read the details of his treatment of women who appeared to submit to his charm and physical prowess. Yet, I was overcome with grief for someone who made a choice to flee because facing justice would mean inevitable death.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Transformation of this lost soul was apparent. The author witnessed an awakening that changed his perceptions of God and humanity and surrendered wholly. In spite of his circumstances, he submitted to law enforcement authorities without concern for the consequences. The author's faith took control and he was ready to suffer for the pain he caused so many for over twenty years. As he faced the justice system, God intervened and this incredible struggle became triumphant.
The thin line between love and hate was superseded by an unconditional love provided by the true light of God. This remarkable journey will mesmerize readers. Digest this book with an open mind and a pure heart.
Inspirational and thought provoking
By Thomas J. Packer, London, England.
COP OUT is a marvelous and revealing story. That a man would be willing to divulge all of his life is amazing. I sensed no hold back or hesitation as he tells his remarkable story.
In the beginning, I was very uncomfortable reading this story. I experienced moments of sadness, then a slight moment of disgust, a little happiness, coupled with anger, then some other feelings I can't quite explain. That he revealed 'all' caused my discomfort. Most people hold back a little bit. It's like he was glad to expose his entire life. A very courageous person.
I challenge any living human being to reveal of his life the way Robert has reveal his rugged and lonely life. Honesty is a word we all use too much, but this epic memoir is just that: pure honesty, frankness, and truthfulness.
I wouldn't be surprise in the future to see this story transformed into a major movie. I would certainly love to meet this man, not just because the book was well written, but because this man has got to have God's divine wisdom and blessings.
Read COP OUT, after reading you'll never be the same.
Reviews for "Cop Out"
|Reviewed by kimberly gray
|This looks AMAZING! off to buy!
|Reviewed by Charlene Hutley (Reader)
|A fasinating memoir! I found myself traveling with the author as he conquered the forests. I imagine myself eating wild game and dealing with loneliness, with no family or friends. After I finished reading his book I was happy. Happy because his ordeal made be see that my life is good and I'm extremely bless. The author endured soo much pain and loneliness. I highly recommend this book for all to read. This book definitely captures the spirit of a man that simply wouldn't give up. Godspeed Mr. Davis|
|Reviewed by Ann Watkins (Reader)
|Just finished reading COP OUT and I must confess, I'm totally stunned. Many of my friends have urged me to take a look at this book for months and quite frankly, I didn't like the sound of the book. After reading the book three times, I must say this guy is obviously a rarity among people. He really is sorry about all of his past crimes. What really amazed me was his brutal honesty. Many people fake repentance and forgiveness, especially people that want you to understand them to avoid incarceration but this author just tells it straight. And more importantly, a good sign of his true sorrow was that law enforcement didn't catch him, he surrendered! He was on the run for over 20 years! My friends and family will tell you that I'm not one that easily forgives, but this is one of those rare times in my life that I enjoyed reading about a person who have demoted his life to such a level that the only important thing to him is honesty! An excellent book, a dynamic true story, and a real human!|
|Reviewed by Raul Holsten (Reader)
|I've been reading about this guy for about a year now. Finally bought his book COP OUT. I didn't expect a whole lot because it's a memoir. Wow! Blew my mind! This guy is almost reckless with his honesty. In addition his articles are actually useful. I make sure my daughters read all his articles. My only complaint, the book wasn't long enough. I just wanted to read more and more. To all of you that are a little hesitant, don't fret. A very good read about human nature and a honest view about who we all really are!|
|Reviewed by Robert Davis
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