Hip NYPD officer's clothes grab online attention

By DEEPTI HAJELA | October 23, 2011 | 3:35 PM EDT

Detective Rick Lee talks to a pedestrian in Zuccotti Park in New York, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Lee is gaining Internet fame for his un-stereotypical appearance. Online blog posts make tongue-in-cheek references to him as the "Hipster Cop." His look includes cardigans, professorial-style glasses and side-swept hair. The plainclothes officer has been doing community affairs work at the protest. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) — One New York Police Department officer keeping an eye on the Occupy Wall Street protest has caught the eye of the fashion police.

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."