NEW YORK (AP) — A trained acrobat says his rights were violated when he was ticketed for riding his unicycle on a New York City sidewalk.

Kyle Peterson said in a federal lawsuit that plainclothes officers pulled him over on a Brooklyn sidewalk at 3 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2007.

The summons was promptly dismissed, but now Paterson is seeking $3 million in damages.

City code prohibits bicycle riding on sidewalks. But the suit says the law only refers to a “two- or three-wheeled device.”

The New York Police Department tells the Daily News that the city wants to keep pedestrians from being hurt.

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