The city of Miami has said, though, that Baluja has been above a single ticket or tow. Even though Local 10 saw several parking patrols out there, they have never cited Baluja, never impounded his SUV and they may have had plenty of opportunity.
"Why have you been doing this for months, even years?" asked Palombo.
"Well," said Baluja. "Not for years, no sir."
"Oh, it's definitely been going on for a few years," said Robert. "We noticed this probably about three to four years ago."
Local 10 also noticed on Google Maps from the "street view" of this intersection what did appear to be the same unit captured years ago.
"We have a picture showing you doing this all the way back from March 2011," said Palombo.
"OK, well, I'm just going to move my vehicle then," said Baluja.
"What do you have to say to the people of Coral Gables who trust that you're upholding the law?" asked Palombo.
"That I'm not taking up a metered spot," said Baluja.
The police chief himself would only say "officers are required to follow all applicable parking laws and regulations," and "with respect to this officer, the city has received no complaints."
At this very intersection since Baluja was last seen, Local 10 hasn't seen him doing it again there.
"You feel you should be disciplined for this?" asked Palombo.
"I don't know, sir," said Baluja.
Coral Gables said it hasn't investigated this because it hasn't had any complaints, but Local 10 has learned that a Coral Gables officer herself knew about the parking and never did anything about it.
The city also said it doesn't even know how long Baluja has even had the SUV and can't verify if he had it back in 2011. When asked how the city doesn't know where its own vehicles have been, the city would only say it doesn't have the records. The police chief, city manager and mayor would not speak about this on camera.