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Retired Dallas Police Chief hired as contributor by ABC News

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/30/2016
FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown briefs the media about a shooting at Dallas Police headquarters in Dallas. The now retired Dallas Police Chief, who stepped into the national spotlight after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a July protest in Dallas, will step back into the spotlight as a contributor for ABC News, according to a news release posted on ABC News' website Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown briefs the media about a shooting at Dallas Police headquarters in Dallas. The now retired Dallas Police Chief, who stepped into the national spotlight after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a July protest in Dallas, will step back into the spotlight as a contributor for ABC News, according to a news release posted on ABC News' website Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Retired Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who stepped into the national spotlight after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a July protest, will step back into the spotlight as a contributor for ABC News.

FILE - In this July 12, 2016, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, at podium, speaks as President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden along with others stand and applaud during a memorial service for five police officers that were killed, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The now retired Dallas Police Chief, who stepped into the national spotlight after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a July protest in Dallas, will step back into the spotlight as a contributor for ABC News, according to a news release posted on ABC News' website Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 12, 2016, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown, at podium, speaks as President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden along with others stand and applaud during a memorial service for five police officers that were killed, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The now retired Dallas Police Chief, who stepped into the national spotlight after a sniper killed five law enforcement officers at a July protest in Dallas, will step back into the spotlight as a contributor for ABC News, according to a news release posted on ABC News' website Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

A news release posted on ABC News' website Wednesday morning quotes a note to staff sent by company President James Goldston announcing Brown's hiring. The note says Brown will start Jan. 1 as a contributor on topics such as economic inequality, gun violence, race relations, policing and social justice.

A network spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for more information.

Brown announced his retirement after 33 years on the force about two months after the attack. He officially retired on Oct. 4.

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