Iran's supreme leader rips US police amid Baltimore unrest
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is slamming U.S. law enforcement for its "ridiculous" treatment of minorities following the death of a black man in police custody in Baltimore.

In a series of tweets starting last weekend, Khamenei cited alleged police brutality and taunted the U.S. over its race relations.


In another tweet, Khamenei argued that even the election of President Obama, the country's first black president, had not stopped discrimination.

He added the hash tags “#BlackLivesMatter,” which protesters have used to draw attention to a number of recent incidents in which black men have been killed in encounters with law enforcement and "#FreddieGray."

Freddie Gray, a 25-year old black man, died after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in the custody of Baltimore police. The incident sparked protests and a riot on Monday that garnered international attention.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) and Baltimore police imposed a weeklong curfew beginning Tuesday evening from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. amid fears of further unrest.

Law enforcement officials arrested 235 people for participating in riots sparked Monday after Gray was laid to rest.

Khamenei also cited the deaths of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by an officer and Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, in a subsequent tweet.

Khamenei’s remarks also come as the Obama administration seeks to finalize a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

President Obama announced a tentative pact with Iran on April 2, hailing it as a "historic" accord. But the agreement faces skepticism from lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The agreement would lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for greater restrictions on its nuclear program.

The U.S. is now trying to reach a final accord with Iran by a June 30 deadline, with Secretary of State John Kerry leading the talks.