Retired Dallas Police Chief hired as contributor by ABC News

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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.

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.