By Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - British broadcasters said on Friday they would go ahead with a series of U.S.-style pre-election TV debates despite Prime Minister David Cameron's refusal to take part on their terms. The move poses a dilemma for Cameron, who must now decide whether his prospects in the run-up to the most unpredictable British election in decades would be damaged more by the debates going ahead without him or by changing his mind. "The debates will go ahead," the four broadcasters, BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, said in a joint statement. "The broadcasters would like the Prime Minister to reconsider taking part in all of these debates." Cameron, whose Conservatives are neck-and-neck with Labour in many opinion polls ahead of the May 7 vote, criticised the broadcasters for what he said were chaotic preparations for the debates.
Ferguson, Missouri, has fired three city employees and is pursuing a range of other reforms in an effort to negotiate a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department after a federal investigation accused the city of illegal practices targeting African-Americans, the mayor said on Friday. Three employees who worked with the police department and municipal court system were terminated due to evidence of "egregious racial bias," documented in emails and detailed in the Justice Department report, which was released Wednesday, said Mayor James Knowles. The firings come as the St. Louis suburb of 21,000, which has a mostly black population but a mostly white police force and city leadership, is reeling from the charges leveled by the Justice Department. The investigation started after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager on Aug. 9, triggering nationwide protests and illuminating long-held complaints in Ferguson and elsewhere about police treatment of minorities.