Man Sues NYC Over Unicycle Spat

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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One Comment

  1. Mark says:

    So what do the police tell the people on their Segway?

  2. tony says:

    tell kyle to shove his unicycle seat and lawsuit up his butt

  3. a says:

    $3 million because of a technicality? If NYC pays this idiot, then all you NYers need to STFU about where your tax money goes!

    1. John says:

      Would you also call it a “technicality” if YOU got (the next level) detained in the precinct, even for a few minutes, for something that is not illegal? From the reports it looks like his ticket looks like it was wrong, not because he “didn’t do it” but because it was written for something that’s not illegal to begin with. Shouldn’t the cops at least know what’s illegal and what’s not? (Of course, even if he wins, he’s not going to get millions – lawyers always ask for a lot more in a lawsuit than they will ever get.) As for you comment on tax money, yeah, I guess you’re right, it would be better spent paying salaries and expenses to someone like Rangel, who “forgot” to pay taxes on $600,000 for SEVENTEEN YEARS. If I had done that, I’d be in jail long before the 17 years had gone by, but it looks like Rangel will skate, even though there is no doubt that what he did is a state and federal felony, not a “technicality.”

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