A rally protesting treatment of jailed Jan. 6 rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol is planned for Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. The organizers and attendees contend that those charged with laying siege to the Capitol on Jan. 6 are being treated more harshly by the judicial system than those protesters who marched in the summer of 2020, protesting the murder of George Floyd.

First, explain whether the two events are even comparable or if they are as different as comparing apples and oranges. Remember, the Constitution requires Congressional certification of the election, and the first Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to assembly, including peaceful protest. Provide specific evidence to support your analysis.

Second, research the treatment of those arrested for participating in the Jan. 6 siege and those who protested civil rights violations. For example, how many arrests for each, how many held without bail, types of charges filed, pleas, sentences, etc.? Analyze the data to decide if the Jan. 6 rioters are being treated more harshly.

Cite a minimum of four competing sources.