The #berkeleypublicschools public freak-out has begun.
On Friday morning, the Berkeley Public Library and the Berkeley Police Department were locked down for the first time since the beginning of the lockdown due to the ongoing threat of an unruly crowd.
We have already seen the Berkeley public school system shut down for a short time in the past.
Berkeley Public Library employees had to take turns to provide information to the crowd, and they have also been able to work from home due to their lack of internet access.
The crowd had also been planning to protest the Berkeley police in an unplanned demonstration at 10am.
It is not clear whether this will be a repeat of what happened last year, or whether this is the beginning to a new normal for the city of Berkeley.
This is not the first Berkeley event to see a public lockdown.
At least six people have been killed in the city since the start of the citywide lockdown on March 3.
Since then, at least 15 people have died in police custody and other public spaces, and at least 100 have been injured.
The Berkeley Public library was shut down as a result of a possible “violent disturbance” at the end of March.
As of Friday, the public was allowed to use the library’s computer network to access materials.
But the Berkeley library also faced an internet outage, and many people were unable to access the website.
After this lockdown, the library reopened, but the staff had to be turned away.
“The Berkeley library has been operating as normal, but due to a temporary internet outage due to an unanticipated ‘violent disturbance,’ library computers were not working as planned, library staff members had to remain onsite to provide access to the library,” the library said in a statement on its website.
“Library staff members were asked to remain at the location until the disruption was resolved.”
On Saturday morning, Berkeley police shut down a crowd of about 2,000 people outside of the UC Berkeley Police Officers Association’s convention.
The event was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the union.
During the rally, several people were arrested.
The police department also closed down the intersection of 5th Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley.