29/05/2020 08:08 BST | Updated 29/05/2020 10:22 BST

Twitter Hits Trump With ‘Glorifying Violence’ Warning After President Attacks Minneapolis Protesters

The president threatened to send the National Guard to Minneapolis, tweeting: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Twitter has placed a warning on one of Donald Trump’s tweets about protests in Minneapolis, saying the president violated the platform’s rules about “glorifying violence”.

Trump had lashed out at crowds in the city protesting over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody, calling demonstrators “thugs” who were dishonouring his memory. 

Threatening to send the National Guard to Minneapolis after a third night of unrest in Minneapolis, the president tweeted: “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” 

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Twitter has placed a warning on one of the president's tweets, accusing him of breaking the platform's rules about "glorifying violence".

It came just hours after Trump signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms,  with the president accusing them of having “unchecked power”. 

There has been widespread anger in Minneapolis over the death of 46-year-old Floyd, who was seen on video gasping for breath while a white police officer knelt on his neck. 

On the recording, he can be heard telling officers: “Please, I can’t breathe.” 

An artist creates an image of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Since Floyd’s death, four police officers have been fired, with the mayor saying that being black “should not be a death sentence”.

On Thursday night, peaceful rallies about Floyd’s death gave way to arson, looting and vandalism, Reuters reported, with one of the city’s police stations torched amid the unrest. 

Police initially fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who gathered outside the city’s Third Precinct police station. 

However, the station was later set ablaze, with protesters chanting “no peace, no justice” nearby. 

A protester runs in front of the burning 3rd Precinct building of the Minneapolis Police Department, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis.

A spokesman for the police force told the Associated Press that officers abandoned the building  “in the interest of the safety of our personnel”. 

A car and at least two other buildings nearby were also set on fire, while looters entered a nearby Target discount store for a second night. 

It follows reports from fire officials that 16 buildings were also set on fire during demonstrations on Wednesday night.