The Occupy Wall Street protests have drawn hundreds of NYPD officers to the streets of New York, but one cop has been standing in Zuccotti Park since before it was cool. Meet Hipster Cop.
The skinny tie police officer, who has become an internet meme, was recently identified by the New York Times. Hipster Cop is a community affairs detective in the First Precinct named Rick Lee.
“That (hipster cop) is what they call me… I’m into fashion, always have been… I will reveal that I wear skinny jeans off-duty.”
The NY Times reports that Detective Lee is 45 and enjoys organic food instead of donuts. He listens to everything from Radiohead and the Killers, lives on Staten Island and loves a good cardigan. But just because Lee is the butt of the joke, doesn’t mean he doesn’t appreciate it.
“I’m not a blog guy, so I haven’t really seen a lot of the hipster mentions… but I think it’s funny. “
Hipster Cop can blend in perfectly with the protesters, which is probably why the he is one of the department’s the main liaisons at Zuccotti Park. Detective Lee has been working 7 days a week during the protests as he tries to keep communication between the protesters and the NYPD open.
Despite his casual appearance, some protesters have warned people that Detective Lee is still the enemy.
A writer at The Sparrow Project said:
“Hipster Cop is part of the process of intimidation, ridicule and violence being levied against us.”
Although the protesters have had a few bad run-ins with the NYPD, the majority of the 99% maintain that cops are not the enemy.
What do you think about Hipster Cop? Is he an evil officer trying to infiltrate the 99%? Or just a guy doing his job and trying to keep everyone safe?