This seems much like what happens when budget cuts occur - the executive stops providing the most visible services but all gov't employees still get paid. The odd thing, in this case, is that the mayor has little recourse to correct what is happening on his watch short of admitting that he was moronic to make this into a political (racial?) issue from day one. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts. Meanwhile the prosecutors can now actually try the cases that they do get, which should reduce the use of plea deals to greatly reduced charges.