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Robert L. Davis is a former police officer with the New Orleans Police Department.  At the age of 22 he joined the New Orleans Police Department; after two years on the job he was arrested for police related corruption and facing 30 years in prison.  Rather than face the charges he fled, becoming a fugitive for over 20 years. 

According to the book description of Running Scared, “Robert Leon Davis was a street kid from a tough community. Raised on the brink of poverty, he and his siblings often went hungry, but with the help of a family in the neighborhood, he beat the odds and studied criminal law at Loyola University and joined the New Orleans police department in 1975.  He began his career with aspirations of being a great cop, but before long he was exposed to a darker side of law enforcement. While partnered with a veteran, Davis first witnessed an officer violating the very laws he had vowed to uphold--and he shared in his crime. One compromise led to another, and Davis soon was caught and faced a substantial prison term. Cops in prison don't last long. He fled.”

Robert Davis’ book, Cop Out, “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. Reflections are provided to aid readers' understanding of this lengthy journey from periods of atheism to acceptance of God.”

One reader of Cop Out said, “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.”

One reader of Legal Minds said, “Just finished reading my copy of Legal Minds. We all know across America there are rogue cops. When a police officer commits a crime, it's particularly terrible and barbaric.  This book does more than give citizens tips on dealing with rogue cops, it also examines the mentality of criminals in general. The book is small and easy to read, but every page is precise, to the point, and revealing.

The main points that stood out in the book was the articles dealing with arrests, lie detector tests, and especially police interrogation procedures. I know the police detectives reading this book are furious. Many of the issues he reveal are rights granted to all citizens, but not exercised by the citizens. Many detectives have abused these laws in my opinion. They may have the right to "trick" you, but I appreciate Legal Minds giving me the right to see the tricks.

Robert Davis is very straight and honest about bad cops, without sounding like he was putting down the good ones. Dr. Davidson's commentaries examines his articles and explains the behavioral motivations of the officers committing such crimes and is very revealing. The two authors make a good team, a former cop and an educator. I strongly suggest that everyone get this book before you need it! The small cost of the book verses the information it contains makes this book a steal.”

Running Scared: For 22 Years He Was a Fugutive - The Corrupt Cop Busted by God
Robert Leon Davis  More Info

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
Robert L Davis  More Info

Legal Minds: Detecting Rogue Police Officers and Other Important Law Enforcement Issues
Robert L. Davis  More Info

According to the book description of Legal Minds, it “is the author's second book, an exciting collaboration between Mr. Davis and well-respected author and professor Dr. Roxanne Davidson. She is acquainted and familiar with the various behavioral patterns of criminals as well as the many social issues that may contributed to crimes. LEGAL MINDS details not only the various crimes committed by criminals but the book examines the mentality and behavior patterns of various criminals, including serial killers.  Legal Minds attempts to cover such diverse subjects such as felonies and misdemeanors, radar and laser detectors, citations, DUI's, illegal searches and seizures, Miranda rights, felony and misdemeanor differences, police chases, and arrest situations. Furthermore, the book expounds in detail about the cognitive process of rogue cops and serial killers from Dr. Davidson's professional perspective. In today's world, we must deal with all sorts of complex and new issues but at least this book confronts all your worries.”

About the New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans became a part of the United States by the Louisiana Purchase on December 20, 1803. The city limits at that time were in the restricted boundaries of Canal Street on the South, Esplanade Street on the North, the Ramparts on the West and the levee on the East. Beyond that, there was nothing but swamps and plantations. In 1804 came the patrol militia under James Pitot, the then Mayor of New Orleans. The Guard Deville (City Watch) followed in 1806 but was abolished in 1808. Militia patrols were again established. By 1817, with the growth of the city, the number of constables increased to 46 and for the first time, the city was divided into police districts - French Quarter, Faubourg’s Treme, St. Mary and Marigny. A Guard House was placed in each district.

Today, the New Orleans Police Department is organized into five bureaus who report to the Superintendent of Police: Bureau of Investigations; Operations Bureau; Criminal Intelligence Bureau; Public Integrity Bureau; and, Administrative and Support Bureau.  A deputy chief in charge of policing and planning also reports to the New Orleans Police Department Superintendent of Police.

The Operations Bureau is the largest, with over 17 divisions and 1700 commissioned police officers.

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