Rick Lee: aging hipster.
This 45-year-old NYPD officer has become a regular fixture of the Occupy Wall Street protests. As a Community Affairs Detective, his job is to serve as a bridge between protestors and police. He chats amicably with protestors, and seems sympathetic to their cause, telling one woman “39 percent of my paycheck is taken out in taxes, so we have a lot in common.”
He is not, however, sympathetic to their clothing choices, telling a Gothamist reporter “I was talking to a photographer, he was looking for fashionistas here, and I said, ‘Dude, you’re in the wrong place.’” He knows that style-wise, he is above protestors and other police officers alike, with his Ray-Bans, cardigans, skinny ties and fashionable hairdo. He does his shopping at Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Burburry, claiming he is into “traditional English style.” On weekends, he wears skinny jeans and t-shirts. He is also a fan of bicycles, and prefers organic foods to doughnuts.
Don’t call him “Hipster Cop” to his face, though. He’s been referred to by that title for years, but totally prefers “Country Gentleman Cop,” or “the Gentleman’s Police Officer.” Because that isn’t hipster at all.