aka, the Hipster Cop
Rick Lee isn’t a cigar-chomping TV detective who solves murders on the mean streets, takes his coffee black, and doesn’t take no for an answer. He’s the exact opposite, more like the Mister Rogers of the New York City Police Department. The OWS star first gained notoriety thanks to Gawker’s Adrian Chen, who spoke with the cardigan-wearing Lee last week. According to a tweet from an NYU student who claims the Hipster Cop asked him out, Lee is a detective in the 1st Precinct’s community-affairs division. Lee has been photographed in recent days casually standing about the Occupy Wall Street protests and talking it up with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, much to the fascination of a growing legion of fans.