Ten Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested near the New York Stock Exchange Monday night on disorderly conduct and other charges.
The demonstrators were part of a group that has been staying overnight at the corner of Wall and Nassau streets in the Financial District for a week.
Civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who will represent the protesters, said the NYPD overstepped its authority when police arrested demonstrators for sleeping and sitting on the sidewalk.
Siegel said the protesters were not blocking foot traffic because the sidewalk is wider-than-average where the arrests occurred.
"They don't have the legal authority to do what they did," he said.
The NYPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.