Chris Joyner

Columnist

Joyner’s column, AJC Watchdog, investigates topics in your community and Georgia. Contact Chris at cjoyner@ajc.com to send him tips.

Latest from Chris Joyner

State’s weak response to sexual harassment makes reporting risky
 Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action. “It sent the message that that kind...

Posted: a day ago

Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action. “It sent the message that that kind...
Evacuees head home as soaking Florence moves on
 As the winds and deluging rains from slow-moving Tropical Depression Florence moved across the Carolinas on Sunday, thousands of residents who fled to Georgia began making their way home. “We are traveling back now,” Charleston, S.C., resident Towner Magill reported from a rest stop on I-16 south of Macon. He was preparing...

Posted: 6 days ago

As the winds and deluging rains from slow-moving Tropical Depression Florence moved across the Carolinas on Sunday, thousands of residents who fled to Georgia began making their way home. “We are traveling back now,” Charleston, S.C., resident Towner Magill reported from a rest stop on I-16 south of Macon. He was preparing...
Sex abuse allegations roil local youth hockey community
 National youth hockey officials are looking into allegations of sexual misconduct and the sudden suicide of a popular Gwinnett County coach. Parents of at least two players on the Atlanta Phoenix, a Duluth-based 16-and-under travel hockey team, reported to Gwinnett police Aug. 23 that their children had been sexually victimized by head coach...

Posted: 24 days ago

National youth hockey officials are looking into allegations of sexual misconduct and the sudden suicide of a popular Gwinnett County coach. Parents of at least two players on the Atlanta Phoenix, a Duluth-based 16-and-under travel hockey team, reported to Gwinnett police Aug. 23 that their children had been sexually victimized by head coach...
Georgia man gets six years for Charlottesville beating
 Georgia resident Alex Michael Ramos faces years in prison for his role in last year’s beating of a black man in Charlottesville, Va., in the chaos following the Unite the Right rally. Ramos, a 34-year-old resident of Jackson, Ga., was one of several white men caught on video beating DeAndre Harris in a parking garage Aug, 12, 2017....

Posted: 26 days ago

Georgia resident Alex Michael Ramos faces years in prison for his role in last year’s beating of a black man in Charlottesville, Va., in the chaos following the Unite the Right rally. Ramos, a 34-year-old resident of Jackson, Ga., was one of several white men caught on video beating DeAndre Harris in a parking garage Aug, 12, 2017....
Mum’s the word on how this Georgia government agency handles sex harassment cases
 In Georgia, state government departments and agencies are told they can handle sexual harassment claims in a way that fits their culture. But this freedom can result in outcomes that leave victims disillusioned. Too often that was the case at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, an AJC examination found. In...

Posted: 30 days ago

In Georgia, state government departments and agencies are told they can handle sexual harassment claims in a way that fits their culture. But this freedom can result in outcomes that leave victims disillusioned. Too often that was the case at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, an AJC examination found. In...
In #MeToo era, state employees wonder ‘what about me’
 Her boss at the agricultural lab touched her lower back so much, she dreaded going to work. In the emergency management office, women were subjected to a supervisor’s repeated crude comments about sex, as well as shoulder rubs and his fingers in their hair. At the home mortgage office, a man rubbed the lower back and upper buttocks...

Posted: 30 days ago

Her boss at the agricultural lab touched her lower back so much, she dreaded going to work. In the emergency management office, women were subjected to a supervisor’s repeated crude comments about sex, as well as shoulder rubs and his fingers in their hair. At the home mortgage office, a man rubbed the lower back and upper buttocks...
Two Spalding County jailers fired for online comments
 Online comments expressing sympathy for Hitler and American neo-Nazis ended the law enforcement careers of two Spalding County jailers Monday. Sheriff Darrell Dix said Detention Officers Howard Costner and Jesse Jones were fired after comments and photos from their profiles on YouTube, Facebook, Reddit and other forms were released by antifascist...

10:15 PM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

Online comments expressing sympathy for Hitler and American neo-Nazis ended the law enforcement careers of two Spalding County jailers Monday. Sheriff Darrell Dix said Detention Officers Howard Costner and Jesse Jones were fired after comments and photos from their profiles on YouTube, Facebook, Reddit and other forms were released by antifascist...
Breaking: Two Spalding County jailers fired for neo-Nazi comments
 Two Spalding County jailers were fired Monday after activists publicized their online comments expressing sympathy for Hitler and American neo-Nazi ideology. “Both of these gentlemen are no longer employed by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office based on some information that came to light today,” Sheriff Darrell Dix said...

6:34 PM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

Two Spalding County jailers were fired Monday after activists publicized their online comments expressing sympathy for Hitler and American neo-Nazi ideology. “Both of these gentlemen are no longer employed by the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office based on some information that came to light today,” Sheriff Darrell Dix said...
Lawyer: State’s immigration board members serving on expired terms
 The Decatur city attorney has asked the Attorney General’s office to look into whether members of the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board have overstayed their term in office and should be removed. In his letter, Brian Downs said five of the seven members have served since the board’s creation in 2011, despite a state...

9:18 PM Monday, Jul. 30, 2018

The Decatur city attorney has asked the Attorney General’s office to look into whether members of the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Review Board have overstayed their term in office and should be removed. In his letter, Brian Downs said five of the seven members have served since the board’s creation in 2011, despite a state...
Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients
 A Gwinnett County toxicology lab accused in a kickback scheme to bilk Medicare out of millions of tax dollars is causing headaches for people around the nation as debt collectors try to collect on alleged unpaid lab bills. For Deborah Smith of Houston, Texas, the calls started this spring from a debt collection agency seeking $1,400 in past...

9:00 PM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

A Gwinnett County toxicology lab accused in a kickback scheme to bilk Medicare out of millions of tax dollars is causing headaches for people around the nation as debt collectors try to collect on alleged unpaid lab bills. For Deborah Smith of Houston, Texas, the calls started this spring from a debt collection agency seeking $1,400 in past...
Newnan shows containment works to keep the peace at extremist rallies
 Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips had a terrible vision when a neo-Nazi group requested a permit request in early March to hold a rally in his town: Charlottesville. “This was the group in Charlottesville,” he said. The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest organized extremist groups in the nation, was among a coalition...

4:00 AM Friday, Jul. 13, 2018

Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips had a terrible vision when a neo-Nazi group requested a permit request in early March to hold a rally in his town: Charlottesville. “This was the group in Charlottesville,” he said. The National Socialist Movement, one of the largest organized extremist groups in the nation, was among a coalition...