With all the press and people and money surrounding Occupy Wall Street, the three weeks long event has made celebrities out of more than one protester. But, there's one rising star that's getting special attention this Friday afternoon: Hipster Cop. Gawker's Adrian Chen first noticed this well-dressed, thick-rimmed-glasses-wearing, gangly looker while reporting on the non-Radiohead concert. Since then, others have picked up on this hip detective. One OWS goer, Russia Today's Lucy Kavanof even called him "infamous," after snagging a Twitpic of him. And MarketPlace Radio's Heidi Moore mentioned him on The Madeleine Brand Show today. Who exactly is this mysterious Hipster Cop and what exactly makes him so hipster or, really, so cop?
Hipster Cop has a real name: Rick Lee. "His name is Rick btw. Community affairs / detective with #NYPD precinct 1," NYU student Brett Chamberlin, who Hipster Cop asked out for dinner, tweeted at Chen. Chen believes his last name is Lee, he told us, given that a detective Rick Lee appears in various Occupy Wall Street reports. But we confirmed with photo evidence, finding a chubbier--yet still hip--Lee pictured at a March 2010 cop-of-the-month gathering.