“Every national and global news story begins locally, sometimes with just one reporter determined to follow and get to the truth,” CNN chief correspondent Brian Stelter told Trust Sources Sunday. . “That’s what happened in the case of Ahmaud Arbery.”
Hobbs was one of the first to tell the story of a Black man who was shot to death while jogging in the afternoon on a residential street.
His first lead began with a Facebook announcement – someone posted they heard a police scanner report of the shooting. But police released some details, and initially there were no arrests.
“This is clearly a burglary,” Hobbs said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “In my experience, burglaries don’t usually happen in the middle of the afternoon, especially on Sundays when everyone is at home… That just raises a lot of red flags.”
It was not until the video recording the confrontation came to light and was widely shared that the incident attracted the attention of the whole country.
Hobbs has recounted the story from its earliest days through the sentencing, speaking frequently with the mayor of Brunswick, Cornell Harvey. He found Harvey on the court lawn after the sentencing.
“[Harvey said]”Larry, we’ve shown that one can get justice in a small southern town today,” Hobbs said.