Hip NYPD officer's clothes grab online attention

NEW YORK (AP) - October 20, 2011

Manhattan plainclothes Detective Rick Lee is gaining Internet fame for his un-stereotypical appearance. He dresses like a preppy college student or a professor.

Online blog posts make tongue-in-cheek references to him as the Hipster Cop.

His look includes cardigans, skinny ties, professorial-style glasses and side-swept hair.

Other plainclothes officers dress more casually and are fond of jeans.

Lee has been doing community affairs work at the protest.

He says most people don't realize he's a police officer. He says the non-traditional look helps break down "a lot of walls."

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