"Can I take my hand back?"

Responding to criticism of police blocking a TV camera in an arrest of a protestor during a Chinese Vice-Premier's visit to Hong Kong on August 16, the Police Commissioner made the incredible claim that the officer had reacted out of "basic instinct". He said: "[He] felt a black shadow with a black object approaching so he used his hand to block it. His hand then got stuck on the camera and he asked the reporter: `Can I take my hand back?'"

This is the most ludicrous and blatant lie I have ever heard. While it is supposed to be funny, I find it almost scary that something like this should come out of the gob of the one in charge of the police force here.

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