A former Met Police Superintendent has called Suella Braverman "dangerous" and claims she is "trying to set up the Met's comissioner and the police service to fail" in their handling of potential pro-Palestine protests during Armistice Day on Saturday.
If follows an article Braverman wrote for The Times's Thursday paper, in which she claimed right-wing protesters get a more stern response from officers than for Pro-Palestinian protestors who are 'largely ignored'. She's also described pro-Palestinian protests as weekly “hate marches”, comparing them to sectarian rallies held in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Leroy Logan, a Christian who held a senior role within the Met Police told Premier he thinks Ms Braverman's comments are dangerous.
"To have political overreach of this nature by the Home Secretary over a number of months now, and now the prime minister appears to be following up, is actually compromising the chief constable's independence.
"And this overreach has implications on operational matters, which politicians should have nothing to do with. And I'm glad that Mark Rowley has pushed back on this to say, 'I am in control of this, I know where the risks are and we can police both their march and at the Cenotaph'."
Logan warned the Home Secretary's comments could "actually fuel and embolden certain right wing groups" to create unrest, and that its as if Braverman wants to "set up the police to fail" in their management of Armistice Day.
Braverman's article referenced accounts from Satruday of police being attacked with fireworks, protestors holding up trains and harassing poppy sellers.
In no uncertain terms Braverman wrote about the protests: "I do not believe that these marches are merely a cry for help for Gaza.They are an assertion of primacy by certain groups — particularly Islamists — of the kind we are more used to seeing in Northern Ireland." She aslo claimed some marchers have links to Hamas.
Downing Street says Rishi Sunak's office did not approve Suella Braverman's newspaper article, in which she says Scotland Yard polices demonstrations depending on the politics of those protesting.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer says Rishi Sunak has a Home Secretary who is "out of control" and that he is "too weak to ddo anything about it."
The Prime Minister's official spokesperson says Mr Sunak has full confidence in the Home Secretary.
On Premier, Logan urged Christians to be pray for the police ahead of the weekend.